Burks Still Has ASU in His Top Three

The five star linebacker from Cerritos (CA) Junior College talks about the Sun Devils, and how they stack up with his other two favorites.

We talked tonight to Justin Burks, who just finished an in-home visit with the North Carolina coaches. While Burks has eliminated LSU from consideration because of the distance factor, he said this about the Tar Heels: "I feel very comfortable with North Carolina, and so does my mom. They basically guaranteed me a job, and said it was mine to lose" ASU's head coach Dirk Koetter, along with assistant coach Tom Osborne and defensive coordinator Brent Guy all paid in-home visits as well to the Burks' household. "They told me I'd have a chance to compete for a starting position, because they have three linebackers graduating. I know I'm gonna see a lot of playing time there."

Burks' Cerritos team was involved in a heartbreaking loss in the Strawberry Bowl to Saddleback. After entering the fourth quarter leading 14-7, they were outscored 21-7 to finish 28-28 in regulation. Burks made sure the game would go into overtime, after blocking a last second Saddleback field goal. However, his team did end up losing the game 35-28 in the first extra period.

Now that his Junior College career has to come to a close, it's time for Justin to concentrate on his Division I playing days. "My three favorites are Florida, North Carolina, and ASU. I already visited Florida and North Carolina, and after I visit ASU on the 13th, I'm gonna make my decision." When asked if one school has the edge over the others, he replied: "I like all three. They're all up there." Sun Devil fans hope their team can separate itself from the pack when Justin Burks visits the Valley of the Sun this weekend.

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