"I just can't wait to get up there, because our program's on the rise. We got big Tydreke [Powell] coming in, hopefully Weslye Saunders will join us."
Despite reports suggesting otherwise, Houston, a 6-foot-2 255-pound tailback from Matthews (N.C.) Butler, didn't firm up his verbal commitment to North Carolina until Sunday.
"They didn't really push me, I made my own decision," said Houston. "They were saying, ‘Ryan, we're not going to push you, because we know you have a couple more visits.'
"I thought I was going to take some more visits, too. But heading into the visit I was like ‘I'll probably not going [on my other visits] it depends on how I feel around this atmosphere [during the visit] if I'm going to take any more visits.' So I was just chilling.
"They showed me how they're going to run the offense, how they're going to run the ball. So I was liking the offense and the offensive coordinator [John] Shoop.
"I was like, ‘Ok, I feel what he's saying,' and I was interested in playing for him. So I was like, ‘I'm going to go ahead and stop beating around the bush with ya'll and I'm going to go ahead and firm up my commitment. I'm going to cancel my visits and I'm done with the recruiting process for real this time.'"
Academically, Houston just needs to pass Spanish to be in shape to qualify, he said. He takes his Spanish final Wednesday, which will be the determining factor. He says the rest of his grades and SAT score are all in order.
During his senior season, Houston rushed for 2,182 yards and 32 touchdowns on 375 carries.