Houston Takes Golden State Tour

Concord (Calif.) De La Salle quarterback Bart Houston talks about visiting three California schools over the past weekend, including a trip to UCLA...

Concord (Calif.) De La Salle quarterback Bart Houston did a weekend tour that took him to three California Pac-12 schools, learning more about each of the schools.

Houston joined teammate Michael Barton on unofficials to Cal, USC and UCLA from Friday until Sunday.

The four-star passer said he learned quite a bit about each program.

"Cal went well," said Houston. "They have a quarterback committed, but I took a look there because they still do show some interest and after spring ball, if someone leaves, a quarterback position could still open up."

The next day, he was at USC for the Trojans' Junior Day.

"That went very well at USC," said Houston. "They had a big ol' Junior Day and it went very well. I talked with Coach (Clay) Helton a whole bunch and he was very excited about me. He told me to come on down to his camp and something might happen. I didn't really get to talk with Coach (Lane) Kiffin, because he had 110 kids to talk to but I'm thinking about the Rising Stars Camp. They didn't quite say they'll offer me, but that will be the chance to show if they will offer. I went to Rising Stars last year and was just this scrawny quarterback, but Coach Helton said I look a lot different now."

On Sunday, he took a hastily scheduled visit over to UCLA.

"UCLA was really fun," said Houston. "I also went to their camp last summer and had a great time. They have a whole bunch of new coaches, their defensive coordinator just got there a couple of weeks ago and their offensive coordinator just before there. We were down there and we weren't going to go to UCLA originally, but we called them Saturday night, and told Coach (Angus) McClure we were in town. He immediately called Coach (Mike) Johnson, the former 49er coach and we all day talked football and toured the school. They have a lot of history there and there is a lot of cool stuff there. I have a lot of interest in them. It's a great school and they have great academics."

Houston was in Southern California the weekend before, much farther south, visiting San Diego State for their Junior Day, and the Aztecs were his most recent offer.

Colorado and Wisconsin have also offered the Scout 100 prospect.

"I'm going to visit Colorado and Wisconsin at some point and at San Diego State, I already got a chance to see them. So now I want to check out Wisconsin and Colorado. And I know I'm going to Texas Tech on the 26th of March and on April 1st, I'm going to Oregon State for an unofficial visit."

The California Junior of the Year by GoldenStatePreps.com, Houston helped the Spartans to their second straight CIF State Open Division title, and has won 27 straight games as a starting quarterback.

On the year, Houston was 102-for-153 for 1,922 yards with 20 touchdown passes and just four interceptions. He played into the second half in only a handful of games and had a QB rating of 138. He also rushed for 11 touchdowns.


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