Bart Houston was surprised to hear Wednesday night that rumors were floating around Internet message boards that Oregon State had offered.
That was news to him. Because the Concord (Calif.) De La Salle pro-style quarterback said while he has talked with Oregon State's coaches he has not been offered yet.
Houston, a 6-foot-3, 186-pound prospect, said he's planning to visit Corvallis probably over spring break to throw for the coaches. An offer could happen then or sometime later but Houston is adamant he knows nothing about an offer yet.
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"I'm going to take a trip up there and that's basically the same with every other college out there," Houston said. "Quarterback is a different thing because they want to get a first-hand look at me and then they'll take me in and make a decision right there or later.
"They've said come up and throw for us. My coaches tell me that people e-mail them like (Wednesday) my coach said Tennessee, Auburn and Pitt have contacted them. I was surprised."
After leading his team to an undefeated season and putting up big-time numbers, Houston still has not gotten any offers but he has a busy schedule coming up so that could definitely change.
He's taking an unofficial visit to Duke this weekend. Trips to Oregon State, Texas Tech, Wisconsin and Washington are also being strongly considered. More visits could happen as well moving forward.
The trip to Duke will be the first unofficial visit for Houston, who threw for 1,922 yards with 20 touchdowns and four interceptions in his junior year. He also rushed for 11 scores. He's included in the Rivals 250 to watch list. Whether he throws or not this weekend is still unknown.
"I have no clue what's going to happen," Houston said. "It's my first unofficial trip. I'm going to bring a ball but I don't know."
While it's still early, since Houston doesn't have any offers yet these spring trips could be crucial in his recruitment. At the very least, it's going to allow Houston to show off his game and get more noticed by college coaches.
"It's really exciting," Houston said.