Lions Offer Carolina Back

Once again the Nittany Lions are looking south to the Carolina's for talent. Last season's Big Ten Champions are the latest to extended Ryan Houston a scholarship offer, while their Orange Bowl opponents appear close to following suit.

"Penn State offered today [Wednesday]," said Houston. "That's big. Florida State is coming by this week and my coach said they are pretty close to offering, too."

With the offer, the Nittany Lions immediately enter Houston's list of favorites.

"Oh yea they're in the mix," said Houston. "Coach [Joe] Paterno is the second most winningest coach [in college football history]. I'd love to play for a coach like that. Plus, it's all about running backs up there."

Penn State joins Clemson, Florida, Miami, N.C. State, North Carolina, and Tennessee on Houston's current favorites list. Each school, with the exception of the Volunteers, has extended Houston an offer.

In addition the members of his favorites list, Houston holds offers from Louisville, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

Focused on the weight room and class work, Houston hasn't taken any recent unofficial visits, but is down to 250 pounds from the 274 he weighed in at the Combine held in March.

Over the summer he is considering camps at Michigan and North Carolina.

As a junior at Matthews (N.C.) Butler High School, Houston rushed for 1,910 yards and 34 touchdowns earning All-Area honors.


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