Big Time QB Talks Duke

Duke has had good success going to the West Coast in search of quarterbacks under head coach David Cutcliffe. The Blue Devils are looking to continue that trend in the class of 2012 as a four star signal caller is getting the full court press.

"I am hearing from Oregon State, Miami, Wisconsin, UCLA, Penn, and Cornell at this point," said Concord (Calif.) De La Salle High standout Bart Houston. "It's a pretty diverse group so far."

No doubt many other schools are going to join in with scholarship offers in the near future after the junior lead his team to a second straight California State Open Division Championship.

"We ended the season ranked anywhere from number one to number five in the country depending on the rankings. I was named California Junior State Player of the Year by ESPN Rise and First Team All-State by Scout. In two years I've been fortunate enough to earn a 25-0 record as a starting quarterback."

He's done more than post an undefeated two year reign under center though. As a junior he's the only California signal caller to boast a four star rating by Scout and posted 20 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2010 along with 1,922 yards and 11 rushing scores. Due to his team's strength, Houston was out by halftime more often than not and only played two complete games.

But it was enough for several coaches to come calling on the 6-foot-4, 200 pound prospect. Including the Blue Devils.

"Coach Cutcliffe has recruited me and he has a great history of coaching great quarterbakcks which is very appealing to me. I saw him coach in the "Boys of Fall" video and he really impressed me there. Duke is going to be my first campus visit and I'm looking forward to it. I'm excited to meet the coaches in person and seeing the Duke campus."

"In general I am looking for a school with outstanding academics and football tradition. I'm big on the concept of team and teamwork, not individualism. I need to go to a program that reflects those beliefs. You won't see me playing the hat game when I announce my school."

When asked for a self-evaluation, Houston says his accuracy stands out the most, but he acknowledges there are areas of his game that need improvement.

"I completed 66 percent of my passes during the season and 77 percent in the post season. Coaches have told me they are impressed with my on the field composure, even when things get really tough. As far as what needs to improve, I know I can always get quicker and faster. Because of that I live with the jump rope."

Away from the field Houston says he's a normal high schooler, and enjoys camping and snowboarding whenever possible. And, he's also proud of another off the field accomplishment.

"In 2010 I earned by Eagle Scout rank from Boy Scouts."

Houston is one of just six quarterbacks to earn a 4 star ranking or higher from in the class of 2012.

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