Every week, NittanyNation will pose five questions to a recruit, player, alum or coach about all things Penn State.
This week's subject is William Houston, a fullback out of Dublin (Ohio) Scioto who's ranked by ESPN as the nation's No. 2 fullback. Houston grew up as a Buckeyes fan because his father played for Ohio State, and he'll be in the stands Saturday as a Penn State target.
He has one offer from Bowling Green, and he's been invited as a preferred walk-on to both Michigan and Ohio State.
NittanyNation: So why did you decide to visit Penn State this weekend?
William Houston: Just to see something different, to see a whole new atmosphere and a whole new style of play -- and all of the fan base and everything. Plus, Penn State has an excellent tradition. Just the experience of a Penn State 'White Out.' I've seen it on television before plenty of times, so to see it will be very exciting.
Coach [Charlie] Fisher came to my school last spring, and they've been talking about getting me up there. I wasn't able to make it over the summer, so I've been telling him I wanted to go and check it out -- and this would be a great game to check it out.
NN: So is Penn State recruiting you as a fullback or as a bigger, change-of-pace tailback?
WH: Yeah, actually, that's exactly what they're talking about. They see me as the bigger back, and a lot of schools are looking at me as that as well. And some schools, Michigan and Ohio State, are after me at fullback.
Really, right now, I have no preference. I'm just trying to do anything I can do to take advantage of my opportunities. I just want to get on the field the quickest; I don't care what position it is.
NN: You have one offer -- from Bowling Green -- right now, but you've had a lot of success running the ball. Why do you think you've kind of been overlooked here? Is it just the position (fullback) that you play?
WH: Possibly. I don't know. But to be ranked as a fullback, that's truly amazing. The No. 2 fullback in the nation, that's a blessing. But mainly, early in my recruiting days, I was being recruited as a fullback. But I think the [4.88-second] 40 definitely hurt me because I was coming off power-lifting and wasn't really running. But I've worked hard, and I think I'm faster now.
NN: So is Penn State looking at you has a preferred walk-on or a possible scholarship player?
WH: They've been talking scholarship. They were just going to evaluate the rest of my senior year and get at me then about a scholarship, so I'm just being patient. Coach [Larry] Johnson paid a visit a couple weeks ago.
I'd definitely have to go to the school being paid for, but I plan on graduating early and Ohio State's been talking about -- they're saying if I come in and work hard at camp, that I would definitely earn a scholarship after spring ball. So I'm just staying patient and waiting for my moment.
NN: You watch a lot of Ohio State. What do you expect to see out of Saturday's game?
WH: Ohio State can execute right off the bat, but Penn State's not a bad football team, probably overlooked. It's going to be a good game. I'm trying to stay unbiased. I think it'll be close but, then again, Ohio State's struggled sometimes.
Penn State has a strong fan base behind them, and Ohio State hasn't played in any atmosphere like that.