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William Houston likes potential PSU role

William Houston (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) is the No. 2 fullback in the country, but Penn State is telling him he could be a lot more in its offense. He saw that firsthand Saturday.

Houston could land a Penn State scholarship offer soon, and the Nittany Lions believe the 5-foot-11, 232-pound back could be a physical change-of-pace player in their backfield, similar to Zach Zwinak, who led the Lions with 12 carries and 42 yards this weekend.

“I saw Zach Zwinak, saw him go into the game for a couple series and saw what he did, and I’m fine with that,” Houston said. “Anything I’m asked to do in college I’m fine with.”

Ohio State is asking the three-star Houston to join the team as a walk-on and play fullback. He is considering going that route, as his father played for Ohio State, which is just a few minutes from his Dublin home.

“[Ohio State] struggled to move the ball the first half. I was a little shocked about that, but Penn State came out strong,” he said. “I was just watching, more so being a spectator than a fan of either side.”

The “White Out” atmosphere at Penn State was equal to the scene Houston experienced a few weeks earlier when the Buckeyes hosted Nebraska, he said.

“The White Out experience was incredible. ... It was a lot louder than a lot of other games. This was pretty loud. I was shocked.”

Penn State improved its chances to land Houston with his visit Saturday.

“It helped because I saw it’s a college town and the whole town is behind Penn State, especially after all that happened,” he said. “The loyalty of the fans helped out a lot.”