Posted by Bryan Fischer
California, known for it's beautiful weather and good high school football players among other things, is not known for sending football players to Wisconsin. Sometimes though, a player just fits in at a school some wouldn't expect. Concord (Calif.) quarterback Bart Houston got the best feel from the Badgers and their coaching staff and decided to commit this week.
"I didn't want to play the hat game," Houston told Rivals about the recruiting process. "I met a lot of great people and great coaches this spring at lots of colleges and it wouldn't be fair to have the recruiting process go on so long. I made up my mind a little earlier than expected."
A 6-foot-4, 200 pound pro-style quarterback, Houston held offers from Arizona, Iowa, UCLA and Washington among others. But it all went back to the coaching staff at Wisconsin and his comfort level with offensive coordinator Paul Chryst.
"The great people at Wisconsin really stood out," Houston said. "I went up there and talked to coach Chryst and he reminded me of my coaches at De La Salle. I really liked the offense and it really reminded me a lot of the offense we run. That's why I decided to commit."
Houston threw for 1,922 yards and 20 touchdowns while rushing for 11 more last year as a junior. He played for West Coast powerhouse De La Salle High School and led his team to an undefeated season and another state championship last year as well.
Wisconsin did not sign a quarterback with last year's signing class. Houston is the fourth commitment for the Badgers' class of 2012.