Recruiting: Horns Hook Commitment No. 11

With Texas light on running backs, the Horns have made that position a top priority in this recruiting class. And they just picked up their third commitment at that position.

"At first, I thought it was going to be UCLA," Denver Montbello RB Michael Houston told "I really enjoyed my official visit there, Coach EB (Eric Bienemy), Coach Dorrell and the players. And, I came back thinking I was going to commit to UCLA."

"But, the week before I went on my official visit, the Texas coaches came to my school and did an in-home visit," Houston continued. "And, then the day after I got back from my UCLA visit, the Texas coaches were back again that next day (Monday) to talk to me again. That really showed me how interested they were in me and how much they wanted me. And so, I committed to them."

While UT's persistence paid off in bringing the Colorado running back its way, the tradition and success the Horns have had from running backs, such as Earl Campbell, Ricky Williams, and Cedric Benson, also caught the attention of the 3-star Midlands Hot 50 prospect.

"Texas has had Heismans at running back and they don't go out-of-state very often to get running backs," Houston added. "And, the fact that they have had Heisman trophy-winning running backs -- and didn't really need to go out-of-state -- kind of shows I was special to them. That said a lot to me."

The 6-0, 225-pounder, who will enroll in the spring, said he'll join the team December 25th for a week of Rose Bowl practice, not to mention the trip to Pasadena to see the game on the sidelines...

"They're going to fly me back home after that and then I'll go back to UT January the 18th to start school."

Going into the spring, depending on Selvin Young's rehab, Erik Hardeman's academic status and Ramonce Taylor's position, Houston could log carries as the No. 1 back and that might have been one of the factors in his decision to pledge his services to the Burnt Orange.

"To have a chance to go in and learn the offense, and have seven months in the system, that's just a big deal and another thing that sold me on UT."

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