Still in the Mix?

It would appear that the University of Wisconsin is set at the quarterback position after getting a verbal commitment from California quarterback Bart Houston. Maybe, but over the last several weeks, Wisconsin's coaches haven't cooled on Wes Lunt.

MADISON - With the commitment of four-star quarterback Bart Houston (Concord, CA), the University of Wisconsin has that elite pro-style quarterback that it has desperately craved on the recruiting circuit.

But with junior Curt Phillips' future uncertain because of reoccurring knee problems and the fiasco of Jacoby Brissett still fresh in the minds of the coaching staff, the Badgers are certainly covering their basis during the 2012 recruiting cycle.

Although expected to take just one quarterback in this recruiting cycle, the Badgers still are maintaining their contact with Rochester (Ill.) HS quarterback Wes Lunt, even after Houston committed to UW on May 2.

"Coach Chryst actually came down to my school last Thursday and I call my recruiting coach once a week to keep in touch," Lunt told Badger Nation. "They are still recruiting me."

The Badgers offered the 6-foot-5, 205-pound Lunt, rated No.18 in the country by Scout.com, late last month after offensive coordinator Paul Chryst traveled down to his high school to watch him throw. Up to that point, Lunt has been talking to recruiting contact Chris Ash roughly once a week.

Wisconsin aside, Lunt has no shortage of options. Already possessing offers from Boston College, Illinois, Louisville, Michigan State, SMU, Vanderbilt and Western Michigan before the UW offer, Lunt has since picked up offers from Cincinnati, Oklahoma State and Virginia and was told by the coaching staffs at Duke, Iowa and Northwestern that he could be receiving an offer from them within the coming week.

"It's been a lot of fun, and it's definitely made me become a stronger quarterback by doing all the throwing and working on footwork," said Lunt, who will also be throwing for Oregon on Friday. "I am just trying to stay sharp for all the coaches and be myself. If schools like me, they like me. If they don't, they don't, and I understand."

Lunt led Rochester last season to the Illinois Class 4A state championship and an undefeated 14-0 season, as he earned first team All-Central State Eight Conference and honorable mention All-State honors after completing 69 percent of his passes for 2,135 yards with 30 touchdowns and only four interceptions.

Lunt still claims no favorites.

"This month is pretty crazy because you have all these school coming in to watch you throw and your mind is just everywhere," Lunt said. "One day you are high on one school and the next day you are high on another school. I won't really be able to narrow it down until the end of this month when the evaluation process is over."


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