N.C. State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia have extended scholarship offers to South County (Lorton, VA) outside linebacker Oren Burks , who has explored three of the four schools already. Last weekend he was at the University of Virginia, attending Virginia football’s February 25 junior day.
Burks’ father, Orlanda, reflected on the experience in Charlottesville.
“Basically, [Oren] had a great visit,” Burks said. “It was very educational. There is a focus on faith, family, and then football. All the coaches pretty much talked about that. They talked about building young men and academics. There was not a lot of talk about ACC championships or football. They did talk about the new indoor facility they are building. Education was a focus. Also, there is a life skills position there, a person that helps players transition from high school to college or college to the pros. That’s a big plus. I haven’t heard that at any of the schools we’ve been to.
“The biggest thing was the approach to try and develop young men. They use positive words to push them.”
Virginia Tech is the latest school to offer Burks, who has been to Blacksburg about five times on various occasions. There is no set date, but Burks intends on getting down to Blacksburg again in the coming months.
“They showed interest in him early,” Orlanda Burks said, referring to Virginia Tech’s pursuit of his son. “I guess it was because they have a South County train of players. First, there was Ronny Vandyke signing in 2011. Now, Devin Vandyke is going. He signed in 2012. I guess they see something they like at the school.”
The Burks’ have been to West Virginia as well, leaving N.C. State as the only school — in terms of those that have offered — they have yet to see in person. A trip to Raleigh is on the “To-Do List” this spring.
“The plan now is we’re going to look to get to Boston College and definitely N.C. State. We’ll see what else happens with offers,” Orlanda Burks said.
There is no timetable for when a commitment will come. And if there is an initial favorite, Mr. Burks didn’t reveal it.
“We have not gotten to that point yet because we have not been to N.C. State,” he said.
“I don’t think we are at the point with the four where we are...
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