Houston Meets Coach Davis

Butch Davis and Dave Brock were right on time when they arrived at the home of Ryan Houston in Matthews, N.C. Wednesday night and conducted their in-home visit.

The visit lasted approximately an hour and half and started off with discussions of how the Tar Heels' coaching staff plans on positioning Houston.

"We talked about when he first saw me on paper – 6-3, 255 [pounds] – that they were going to put me on defense, but after seeing me on film he said, ‘He's definitely a running back,'" said Houston.

Houston's mom sat in on the visit and was obviously interested in academics.

"My mom was asking him about the education, because that's most important to my mom," said Houston. "He said he had a chance to pick all these other colleges, but he picked Carolina because of all the talent in the state and the academics."

Conversely, Houston is concerned with who Davis plans to bring on as assistant coaches.

"My main thing is who is going to be on the coaching staff," said Houston. "He said he should know by January 2nd who's staying and who's going. Basically, he was telling me he has some people from the NFL and some people playing in a BCS bowl, so he has to wait."

Houston had spoken to Davis on the phone, but had never met the newly hired North Carolina head football coach in person until Wednesday night.

"I didn't know he was that big – he's huge," said Houston. "He about crushed my hand trying to shake my hand.

"He's real friendly. He had a great sense of humor with my parents and he wasn't an all strict type. He was just an all-around cool person."

Although Houston has hosted in-home visits with each member of his final four schools – UNC, Clemson, Florida, and Louisville - his recruitment remains unchanged.

"Right now, I'm still committed to North Carolina," said Houston. "I'll know more after I visit Louisville, because that's the only school [that I'm considering] that I haven't visited, yet."

Houston will take his first trip to Louisville on January 12th for an official visit. On January 19th, he will officially visit UNC. Houston is still in the process of working out a date with Clemson and has to reschedule his trip to Florida.

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