Profile: Bart Houston
Location: Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Weight: 200 pounds
Recruiting: Houston had offers that spread the country, and many had
him pegged to stay in the West, but in somewhat of a surprise he picked
Wisconsin over Iowa, citing the Badgers' style of offense and his relationship
with offensive coordinator Paul Chryst.
What to Like: Houston has that "it-factor" that college coaches want in their quarterback, all the intangibles, the pocket poise and leadership as well as the mental toughness. He has a rifle on him and gets rid of the ball as quick as anyone. Houston has
good mobility and can move around. He doesn't have a lot of mileage on him
either, with De La Salle having so many blowouts the past two years, he's not
played in many second halves.
What may be of concern: As quick as Houston is in the release, he tends
to drop his arm a little too much at the point of release and in college, he'll
need to work on that to avoid some passes getting knocked down at the line of
Overall Analysis: First and foremost, Houston is a winner. He's won 26 straight games as a starter at the best program in the West and one of the best 3-4 HS programs in the country, against a tough schedule, and he just knows how to win. He never has put up eye-popping stats because DLS runs the veer (so he's ready for a run-oriented offense) but mostly because he rarely plays into the second half. But when he does, he's ridiculously efficient.
It also is big for the Badgers to go into Pac-12 country and take a quarterback
from that region that had offers from several programs there.