Intro 2012: QB Bart Houston

The Concord (Calif.) De La Salle quarterback, Bart Houston, is one of 2012's best and is coming off a state title as a sophomore and he'll camp at UCLA this summer...

Concord (Calif.) De La Salle quarterback Bart Houston had an eventful 2009 season.

He earned the starting nod for one of the premier programs in all of prep sports as just a sophomore. The Spartans lost a pair of games in September, to national powers Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) and Lakeland (Fla.). Then came a back-and-forth battle with Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista, which the Spartans escaped with a win.

But from there, it was all down hill, the Spartans not winning by less than 14, and only once, winning by less than 28.

The 6-3, 190-pound Houston helped the Spartans win their last 12 games, including their 18th straight CIF-North Coast Division title and then their second state title in the last three years, when he led them to a win over Crenshaw in the CIF State Open Division game.

Now Houston is being compared to former DLS quarterback Matt Gutierrez, the top quarterback to come from De La Salle, and some think that Houston could end up the best passer from the storied program.

But Houston is taking things all in stride, knowing there is a lot of high school football left to play.

"I'm really trying to just focus on De La Salle football right now and not get too caught up in recruiting. Coaches can't really come out and talk to me anyway," said Houston.

But that hasn't kept programs from inquiring about Houston with the DLS coaches. Several colleges have been showing interest in Houston.

"I'm getting stuff from Oregon, Purdue, Nebraska, USC, Cal and UCLA," said Houston. "Mostly questionnaires and just some letters."

Houston was at the Elite 11 Regional Camp at Cal and the Stanford Nike Camp last weekend, and has one camp planned for this summer.

"I know I'll be going to UCLA for a camp on the 20th. That's all I know of right now," said Houston. "I went to Oregon's summer camp last year."

Cal, UCLA and Oregon are three schools are standing out to Houston, but he says he's completely wide open at this point.

"As far as favorite schools, I like them all, I really don't have a favorite," said Houston. "I've got a lot of time."

Houston, though, said academics will play a big role in his decision.

"I want to major in engineering so Cal is a school I like, because they have a good engineering program and it's close to home," said Houston. "I like math and technical stuff and I want to build stuff when I get older."

With De La Salle losing a pair of 1,000-yard backs in Terron Ward and Tyler Anderson, Houston will get to assume more of the load in the offense.

"I know we'll be a lot more dependent on me," said Houston. "Terron and Tyler are gone and our lines, beside Dylan Wynn, were all seniors, so I'll throw a lot more. But I don't mind throwing a lot more."

Last fall, Houston threw for 1,257 yards with 10 touchdown passes and only two picks and a 63% completion percentage. He was named to the GoldenStatePreps.com "Super Sophomore Team."


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