Houston Recaps Elite 11

Showcasing his quick release and tight consistent spirals throughout the five day Elite 11 camp in California, quarterback Bart Houston showed why he is worthy of his high recruiting ranking, and why so many Badgers fans have been thrilled with his verbal commitment.

MADISON - Wisconsin fans are excited for the arrival of De La Salle's four-star quarterback Bart Houston to arrive in Madison. Not only is Houston considered one of the top quarterbacks in California, but he's also considered one of the best quarterbacks in the country.

Houston recently got to show off his skills at the prestigious Elite 11 football camp this past week. The Elite 11 football camp invites 24 of the top quarterbacks in the country to participate in the camp in California.

"It's a very prestigious camp and its an honor just to be invited to the camp cause they only invite 24 of the supposed top quarterbacks in the country," Houston told Badger Nation. "I thought I had a good camp but the last day I didn't play as well. I made the Elite 11 list which is where they name the top quarterbacks of the week and that was my goal."

Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer runs the camp and is helped out by George Whitfield, and college quarterbacks during the five-day camp.

"I learned from the college counselors mostly on how to read defenses properly, what to look for, and how to prepare for the game more so mentally," Houston said. "We also worked on our throwing mechanics this week but the focus was primarily on reading defenses."

During football camps, one of the goals is to send the campers back home with a message that they'll remember to help them in the upcoming season.

"They said in order to be a true quarterback you have to be like a surgeon because as a surgeon, you know the entire human body and that's your job as a quarterback you need to know everybody's assignment on the play inside and out," Houston said.

In order to be a successful quarterback, you need to have certain traits to succeed, but one you must have is an excellent work ethic. No one would question Houston work ethic.

"That's the most valuable thing to me," Houston said. "My parents always told me work for what you want to achieve in life when I was a little kid. I always wanted to be the best what ever I'm doing. When I got to high school I wanted to win a state championship for De La Salle and get a BCS football scholarship.

"I took extra time to work on my game, when the other quarterbacks went to the beach to relax. The reason I stayed back was so I could practice more. I had Whitfield help me with my game. He helped me with my throwing and the technical part of the game."

Since committing to the Badgers on May 2, Houston has been helping out the Wisconsin coaches by doing some recruiting of his own to help him succeed in Madison.

"I'm going to have dinner with (Tacoma High School offensive tackle) Walker Williams tomorrow," Houston said. "I'm going to talk to him about why I chose Wisconsin and why he should choose Wisconsin. I have a good relationship with him. I've also been in contact with Chicago Simeon offensive tackle Jordan Diamond and with Dowling wide receiver Amara Darboh."

Although wishing he could make it to one of Wisconsin's game this year, Houston won't be able to make a return visit to Wisconsin until probably January.

"Because of distance and having practices on Saturday," Houston said, "it would be tough for me to attend a game."

Paul Chryst is Houston's recruiting coach and the relationship between the two couldn't be better.

"I usually talk to him once a week but we haven't talked in a while because he's on vacation," Houston said. "When we do talk, we don't talk about football. It's more so what's going on in are personal lives. We're getting to know each other as people. I'm looking forward to getting to Madison and working with Chryst and improving and helping the Badgers win the Big Ten."

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