Burks Considers Next Step

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South County (Lorton, VA) junior Oren Burks has not yet narrowed his list of schools.  But according to Burks’ father, Orlanda, the 6’4″, 200-pound linebacker prospect is now taking a short break from communicating with college coaches in order to think about the schools that have offered and which direction to take his recruitment.

Oren Burks

“In a nutshell, he’s taking this week, and maybe the next two weeks, to step back and start assessing,” Orlanda said.  “He can’t evaluate if he is talking to the same people every day.  We have never done a whirlwind tour like we did, so this is new to us.  It’s a lot of information to digest.”

The “whirlwind tour” Mr. Burks is referring to is a string of college visits the family made from March 31 through April 9.  Colleges on the tour included Boston College, N.C. State, Duke, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.  All of those schools have offered Burks, who also boasts offers from Maryland and UVa.  After the last round of visits, Burks has now experienced all seven FBS schools that have offered.

More schools have shown initial interest in the talented prospect.

“Oren has to think about if he wants to entertain other suitors.  Those other schools haven’t offered, but they have asked for him to call.  Usually when that happens, something more could be around the corner,” Orlanda said.  “We’re definitely not in the business of seeing how many offers he can get.”

Academically and athletically, is there anything Oren is specifically looking for?

“He is looking at business,” Orlanda said.  “On our academic visits, we specifically ask for that.

“Football-wise, I think Oren is looking for a very competitive program and also how he fits in the defense they plan to run.  All are doing a good job of projecting his weight and whether they see him as a Sam or Will linebacker.  Or some want to check him out