Strong Runner, Strong Performance

There's room for several different styles of running backs in West Virginia's offense, and William Houston reminds the Mountaineer coaching staff of a current player on the roster. That, plus Williams' performance at WVU's most recent one-day football camp, has him receiving greater recruiting interest.

William Houston made his second visit to West Virginia on Sunday, and the thickly-muscled runner stood out in a crowd of smaller scatbacks. Carrying at least 230 pounds on his powerful frame, Houston looked like a smaller version of current Mountaineer Shawne Alston – a comparison that Houston heard more than once.

"Several of the coaches said they see me like Alston, and filling his role," said Houston, who carries strength and power as his key running attributes. "That's a great honor, because he is a great back. They said they thought I had a good camp, and that I have made a lot of progress. They didn't offer me yet, because they said they wanted to see one more player, but they said they are very interested and may offer in the future."

While Houston is a power back, he's a runner, not a blocker like the recently offered Elijah Wellman. He has good feet for his size, and did better than expected in the agility work that is the staple of summer camps.

"I do want to work on getting my knees up more, but overall I think I did well in the quick drills," he said. "I want to keep improving my feet and quickness, because I think that will make me a more complete running back."

Houston was very agile for a player of his size. He keeps his weight centered over his feet, and moves with short, choppy steps through the cones and pads that define agility work, often outperforming players that are 50 or 60 pounds lighter. He's not lightning fast by any means, but keeps his balance well, which enables him to change direction and make cuts sharply.

Houston has attended camps at Pittsburgh and Penn State as well as WVU, and is waiting to hear back from coaches at those schools. He has an offer from Bowling Green, and strong interest from most of the MAC as well as some other Big 10 schools, but thinks that more may be forthcoming.

"West Virginia told me that they had one more guy to see, and then they would make a decision on offering," he related.


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