May 3, 2006

Paulus decision influencing Houston?

North Carolina hopes the recent commitment from one of the nation's top quarterbacks — Mike Paulus — will open the floodgates for other talented players to follow him to Chapel Hill.

Matthews, N.C., Butler running back Ryan Houston could be one such talent.

"We are cool," Houston said of Paulus. "I want to play with a good quarterback and need to. He's a great quarterback."

Houston recently moved three of the schools he has offers from to the top of the pack. North Carolina, Florida and Clemson form his top three.

But the Tar Heels may have added an extra edge — Paulus.

"Him going there moves them up," Houston said. "We could have a great offense and that's what I am looking for."

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