Confident Direction

The accolades keep piling up for four-star quarterback and Wisconsin commit Bart Houston. Already a three-time state championship and Elite 11 quarterback, Houston finished off his prep career at the Semper Fi All-American game, and now turns his attention toward the Badgers.

MADISON - As the results, awards and accolades continue to rack up, De La Salle (CA) senior quarterback Bart Houston has a hard time putting one on the top of his football mantel.

He's a three-time California Open Division state champion, outscoring teams 439-57 on its 11-game win streak to end the season, a member of the coveted Elite 11 quarterbacks and now a high school All-American, as he was selected as the starting quarterback for the west squad in the U.S. Marines' Semper Fi All-American game in Phoenix last week.

"It was number one in terms of competition, but it was number two behind winning a state championship," Houston told Badger Nation on where his bowl experienced ranked. "It was great competition with a whole bunch of great athletes who are great people."

In order to be considered for Semper Fi (which is abbreviated from the word Semper Fidelis which is Latin for ‘Always Faithful' or ‘Always Loyal'), a player must have outstanding character, good grades or community service, as the Marines want to have good people and good players represent their brand.

Therefore it's no shock that in addition to Houston, Wisconsin had verbal commits J.J. Denman, D.J. Singleton and Walker Williams all participate.

"It was great to see some of the guys going to Wisconsin," Houston said. "It speaks volumes. Coach Bielema said that Wisconsin guys are like that. He said that the team's bus driver at the Rose Bowl told him that the kids were the nicest he's been around. The kids were always thanking him for giving them rides to practice. We know how to represent ourselves, and I definitely saw that in D.J., J.J. and Walker. Those are the kinds of kids Coach Bielema recruits. He wants the right people that are good athletes."

With less than a month leading up to 2012 national signing day on February 1, Bielema has begun his in-home visits, starting with Houston Thursday night. Houston – rated a four-star recruit and the No.4 quarterback in the country by Scout.com – said Bielema has a plan for who he is going to interview and hire for his new quarterback coach and offensive coordinator.

"He told me that the guy he is going to pick is going to have a similar personality to Coach Chryst," said Houston, who was not told who that coach would be. "The production isn't going to slip. The only thing that is going to change about the offense is the terminology, which is fine by me because I don't know the old terminology. I am excited to get up there and start playing.

"Coach Bielema told me that the quarterback position is open with Russell Wilson leaving and whoever is the best is going to play. It doesn't matter if it's a true freshman or an experienced guy."

In terms of goals, Houston said being the starting quarterback on September 1, 2012 for a team that has won two straight conference championships and made two consecutive Rose Bowl appearances is the number one goal for him as he prepares to come to campus in June.

"Starting right away would mean a lot," said Houston. "True freshmen don't have any experience at the college level with college speed, but it's a competition between all of us and I am going to give it my best. I am going up there my play and not sit on the sidelines."

Houston finished his senior season completing 99-of-171 passes (57.9 percent) for 1,999 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions.

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