Bart Houston recently picked up an offer from Iowa and it surprised the Concord (Calif.) De La Salle quarterback because he hadn't heard much from the Hawkeyes early on in his recruitment.
It's also a tad interesting because Iowa generally doesn't recruit the West Coast that often but the coaching staff must've seen something in Houston they liked.
Houston, a 6-foot-4, 201-pound prospect who threw for 1,922 yards with 20 touchdowns and four interceptions and led his team to a 14-0 record this past season, plans to visit Iowa during his spring break in April. During that week, he'll also head to Colorado.
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"They haven't really been talking to us at least not for long," Houston said. "I talked to coach (Ken) O'Keefe and the head coach gave me a call and I got the offer and that was that.
"My early thoughts are it's Big Ten football. That's hard-nosed, tough football. I have to do a little more research on them right now. I'm going to be taking a visit during my spring break."
The De La Salle quarterback just returned from a trip to Texas Tech and while the Red Raiders did not offer there is still a lot of interest from both sides.
Houston said some Texas Tech coaches are expected to visit his school during the May evaluation period. An offer might come soon after.
"They want to see me throw first and then they said they'll make their decision," Houston said. "They're going to come out in May when we have spring ball going on.
"I liked it a lot down there. It's a very nice place. It was a very beautiful place, a good coaching staff, they were all friendly to me. They did everything right."
Next weekend, Houston is going to visit Oregon State and Washington. Then he will he visit Wisconsin before going to Iowa and Colorado over spring break.
So far, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, San Diego State, UCLA and Wisconsin have offered the Northern California quarterback.