Houston Vying For Big Ten offer

Junior running back prospect William Houston is hearing from a number of Big Ten schools, including Northwestern. The powerful 235-pound back is working on improving his speed, to become a more versatile back.

As a product out of the heart of the midwest, it shouldn't be a surprise that Dublin Scioto (OH) running back William Houston is receiving a lot of attention from Big Ten schools.

"Growing up here, I'm obviously a Big Ten fan, especially with dad playing for OSU," Houston said. "All these schools are really looking at me. At this point there is no number one, but a lot of schools are showing interest and I'm showing them interest, as well."

Northwestern is among those pursuing Houston, who finished his junior season with 864 yards and 15 touchdowns in his eight games. Northwestern running backs coach Matt MacPerson visited Houston on Thursday and Houston said they spoke about what he needs to do to earn a spot.

"They like me up there," he said. "They need to see a little bit more. So I'll be going up there in the summer and participating in camps."

A lot of these schools, Northwestern included, may like what they've seen so far, but want to get a better picture. Houston wasn't able to play a full season last year, so he's taken it upon himself to make up for that and prove what he can provide to a team.

"I'm just going to show a lot of schools that I am a Big Ten running back, that I have the speed for it," Houston said. "I'll be mainly focusing on the speed aspect because I have the power and vision."

Like many other recruits, academics stands out as a factor that differentiates Northwestern from other schools.

"Really with Northwestern, what stands out to me is their academics. It's one of the top schools in the country and is almost considered to be Ivy League," Houston said.

For now, Houston remains focused on proving himself through his contributions to his team and helping to take them as far as possible.

"I'd like to break 1,000 yards," he said. "So far, I've come up short and I wasn't able to play a full ten games last year. But really, for the team, I'd like to get us back to the playoffs, hopefully make a run at states."

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