De La Salle gun-slinger gets UW offer

One of the top signal-callers on the west coast took in Washington's practice on Saturday and shortly before the Huskies took the field, De La Salle (Concord, Ca.) QB Bart Houston got an offer from head coach Steve Sarkisian...

"My dad and I came up to check things out and we sat down with coach Sark a little before the start of practice," Houston told "Pretty much right off the bat he told me that he liked the way I play the game and my skills and that I have an offer to play for the Huskies.

"It was something that I was hoping for, so it was definitely great news for me."

Houston said the offer follows three months of talking with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier about things and that the Huskies are now his seventh offer.

"Now I have an offer from Washington and I already had offers from Colorado, UCLA, Arizona, San Diego State, Iowa and Wisconsin," Houston said. "I'm also getting a lot of attention from Duke, Texas Tech and Oregon State, but they said they want to see a little more of me, how I spin the ball, how I do during the spring, before they offer."

While he was on campus, Houston got a tour of the facilities and was on the field for Washington's two-hour practice and he said it was something to behold.

"The coaches are all high-energy and high-effort," Houston noted. "It reminded me a lot of our practices at De La Salle.

"They seemed to have a lot of fun and they got a lot of work in and you can see the talent level they have there.

"Washington is definitely a school that is going to be high on my list of schools when I get ready to make my decision."

Houston said he plans to make his decision before the start of the season and it could come sometime after he begins his summer break.

"I'm thinking probably in July or August," Houston said. "It will definitely be two weeks before the start of my season because I want to concentrate on my team and our season."

As a two-year starter, Houston has led the Spartans to a 26-0 record and two CIF Open Division Championships.

"We opened our offense up a little more last year and we threw it a lot more, but in the championship I only threw the ball five times so I sorta had a front row seat for the championship," Houston said with a chuckle.

As a sophomore in 2009, Houston completed 63% of his passes for 1,257 yards with 10 touchdown passes and only two interceptions and as a junior last fall, he completed 66% of his attempts for 1,922 yards with 20 touchdowns and four interceptions.

"I can throw it down the field, but our offense is based on controlling the ball and the clock," Houston said. "If we need to open it up, we'll do that, but we have a lot of talented players, so we just play as a team and it's my job to make sure we are in the right play and to take care of the ball."

Houston said he plans to visit Wisconsin next weekend (April 9th and 10th) and later this month he'll be in Boulder to take a visit to Colorado and in Iowa City to visit Iowa.

We will continue to keep track of Houston through the recruiting process and we will update things as they happen.

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