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Iowa offers scholarship to California QB Bart Houston

[ 0 ] March 29, 2011 |

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz hasn’t made recruiting in California a priority, but he made an exception with high school junior quarterback Bart Houston.

Houston told Rivals.com that he recently picked up a scholarship offer from Iowa. The 6-foot-4, 201-pounder, who attends perennial powerhouse DeLaSalle High School in Concord, Calif., threw for nearly 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns last season while leading his team to a 14-0 record.

Houston said he was surprised by the offer from Iowa because he knows Ferentz and his staff rarely recruit in California.

“They haven’t really been talking to us, at least not for long,” Houston told Rivals.com. “I talked to (offensive coordinator) Ken O’Keefe and the head coach gave me a call and I got the offer and that was that.”

Houston said he will visit the UI campus during his spring break in April.

“My early thoughts are it’s Big Ten football,” Houston said. “That’s hard-nosed tough football. I have to do a little more research on them right now.”

Houston told Rivals.com that he also plans to visit Colorado during his week of spring break.

He recently visited Texas Tech, but was not offered a scholarship. He plans on visiting Oregon State and Washington this coming weekend and will visit Wisconsin before heading to Iowa City.

In addition to Iowa, Houston also has scholarship offers from Arizona, Colorado, San Diego State, UCLA and Wisconsin according to Rivals.com.

Iowa signed high school senior quarterback Jake Rudock in February. Rudock attends St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and also led his team to an undefeated record last season.

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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