It's a possibility.
Though Houston is at present verbally committed to North Carolina, the nation's No. 17-ranked running back prospect has high interest in Bobby Petrino's Cardinals. Butler High coach Mike Newsome said he'll speak with Louisville assistant coach Joe Whitt this week about the possibility of Houston coming up to Louisville this weekend for a visit.
"We're going to try to set something up for him to fly up to Louisville Saturday morning for an official visit," Newsome told InsideTheVille.com Monday afternoon. "I still have to talk with Coach Whitt and Ryan about it, but it's definitely something he could do this weekend.
Houston scored three touchdowns Friday night in a heartbreaking double-overtime loss to nationally-ranked Independence (NC). Just days before, Houston rushed for 174 yards and two touchdowns in a win over East Mecklenberg. Butler will play a first-round playoff game at home Friday night, leaving the weekend open for a possible trip to Louisville the following day.
"I talked to Coach Whitt last week and they wanted him to come up for the Kentucky basketball game in December, but Ryan will be involved with Shrine Bowl practice that weekend," Newsome said. "Ryan also was just selected to play in the MSL all-star game in Orlando in January, so that's another weekend he won't be able to make any visits. So this would be a good weekend for him to get in a visit with us having a home game Friday night."
Ranked No. 3 in the country, the Cardinals could make hay on the recruiting trail if they continue to win on national television as they did last Thursday beating then third-ranked West Virginia 44-34. That game, according to Newsome, had a big effect on Houston.
"He talked about it all day Friday at school," Newsome said. "He really liked what he saw from Louisville in that game and how enthusiastic their crowd was the entire night."
Meanwhile, at North Carolina, former Miami and Cleveland Brown coach Butch Davis is rumored to be a prime candidate to replace John Bunting next season. What kind of impact would Davis' hiring by the Tar Heels have on Houston's decision?
"That would spark his interest, but that's still just a wait and see situation," Newsome said.