Houston Close To An Offer

Northwestern has caught the eye of a junior running back in the heart of Buckeye country. William Houston, the son of a former Ohio State standout, is interested in Northwestern for a number of reasons. Houston may be close to receiving an offer from the Wildcats.

In the heart of Buckeye country, junior running back William Houston, an Ohio State legacy, is highly interested in Northwestern.

"I like Northwestern," Houston said. "Education-wise ,they're one of the tops in the nation. That's what I'm looking for."

Houston (6-foot, 223) has picked up interest from Northwestern, Cincinnati, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, and others. He is still waiting for his first scholarship offer, but has been told by Northwestern coaches that an offer could come soon.

"That would be incredible," Houston said of that possibility. "I'd love that."

The running back met with NU running backs coach Matt MacPherson during the season, and was invited to visit a Northwestern bowl practice in December, but was unable to attend. He hopes to attend a practice in the spring.

Houston has been keeping tabs on Northwestern during the fall, and was excited to hear of a recent announcement from the football program.

"I've been keeping up with the news lately," he said. "They're going to be the first team in the Big Ten to be sponsored by Under Armour. That's really cool, it's a great brand in football."

Houston has gained an appreciation for the work of NU head coach Pat Fitzgerald, and considers himself a fan.

"I like Coach Fitzgerald, personally," said Houston. "He's a great coach, he has experience, played for the university and in the NFL, and he gets along with the players. That's what they need."

The football season is now over, but Houston doesn't have any time to rest. He now begins training for the offseason.

"Right now, I'm just lifting and doing our school's lifting program," said Houston. "In the spring, I'm doing track. In the summer, I'm working on getting stronger, faster, and quicker at the same time."

During his junior season, Houston rushed for 908 yards and six touchdowns, while averaging five yards per carry. He was also a weapon in the passing attack, adding two touchdown catches out of the backfield.

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