April 13, 2011

2013 Legacy back looking at the Bucks

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The 2013 class is still in the early stages but it already has the makings of an outstanding class, particularly at the running back position. One of the more promising backs of the group is Dublin (Ohio) Scioto product William Houston.

The 5-foot-11, 218-pound prospect is the son of former Ohio State running back William Houston, Sr.. Houston Sr. played running back and fullback for the Buckeyes from 1989-1993 and the younger Houston is already getting looks from a host of Midwest programs, including his father's alma mater.

"I've been getting a lot of letters from Michigan State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, and Ohio State about camps and then Cincinnati has been sending me some stuff too," Houston said.

Given his background, it's no surprise that Houston grew up rooting for the hometown Buckeyes but he isn't going to let his childhood fandom get in the way of making an informed decision when it eventually comes time to pick a school.

"I've always been an Ohio State fan because of my Dad and stuff," he said. "They are in the front seat I guess but I'm still trying to keep my mind open to other schools and keep my options open."

Over the years, Houston has seen numerous games from inside Ohio Stadium and last fall he was invited as a recruit for the win over Purdue.

"We went to the Purdue game," he said. "I love going to the games. We also went to the USC game (two years ago) and the atmosphere was just crazy. I just really like their fanbase."

Houston was also able to check out Michigan State this past fall as the Spartans have shown a lot of early interest in the big bruiser.

"Me and our quarterback Evan DeMars went to the Michigan State game against Northern Colorado," he explained. "It was nice. It was a blowout but it was pretty good. We got to go to the locker room after the game."

Houston is coming off a strong sophomore season that saw him lead Scioto in rushing with 906 yards and six touchdowns. Houston also showed his versatility by catching 14 passes for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

"I feel like my season went well," he said. "I could have done better but it went pretty well."

Houston is hoping to carry the momentum of his big sophomore year into the summer camp season and is looking to show the coaches that he is a Big Ten caliber recruit.

"I'll be at the Ohio State camp and then I'm going out to South Bend (for the Notre Dame camp)," he explained. "I might try to make it out to Wisconsin and Michigan State. I want to show them that not only do I have the power but I also have the speed. I just want to show out and show them that I'm a well rounded athlete and not just a power back."

With a parent that knows what it takes to play the game at a high level, Houston has a valuable resource to draw from when it comes to advice on where his priorities need to be and on how to handle the recruiting process.

"He went to most of our games and he was telling me what to do as far as blocking and stuff like that," Houston explained. "For the most part he just tells me to keep working hard. He tells me that it's going to be a long process and to work hard and stay focused on school."


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