Burks looks to add offers

Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison standout Charles Burks has been visiting all of his suitors, including Arizona State, to learn more about the schools pursuing him. The defensive end is hoping in turn that those programs step up their recruiting efforts and extend him a scholarship offer adding to lone offer he already has.

The 6-1 230 Charles Burks visited Arizona State during their Junior Day event and came away impressed.

"It was really cool touring the facilities, seeing the campus and watching the spring game," Burks said. "I liked the way the defense played out there. Everybody was flying around and they all played with a lot of intensity. It was good to see that.

"Academics are really important to me and I really like the Scholar Baller idea they have at Arizona State. It's nice how they reward you for doing well academically. That really stood out to me during my visit."

Burks is being recruited by Bryce Erickson, and indicated that he enjoyed meeting with the Sun Devil running back coach, as well as the rest of the staff, and values their recruiting approach.

"All the coaches there are really cool people," Burks stated. "They don't just treat you like just like a recruit and make you feel like you are somebody. Everybody I met there was just very nice. I watched practice film with Coach Stretz and I liked him a lot. He was very energetic about the defense and really got me pumped up when he talked to me.

"Coach Dennis Erickson said that he liked my film and that they will be in touch with me."

As a junior, Burks collected 52 tackles and 14 sacks in 10 games for Edison, helping the 13-1 Chargers to the Sunset League title and the finals of the 2009 Pac-5 Division. He was named All-League Defense, All-Orange County Defense, All-CIF Defense and Sunset League Defensive Lineman of the Year.

Former ASU offensive lineman Kyle Murphy coaches the Chargers' offensive line.

The defensive end reported a 40-time of 4.7 seconds, a bench mark of 321 lbs, 485 on the squat, and 309 on the power clean.

"I'm relentless and play 100 percent in whatever I'm doing drills, practice or a game," Burks said of his skills. "I just go all out in whatever I'm doing: school, football, conditioning…I just go hard at it every time. My hands movement and agility are some other strong points I have.

"I still need to work on learning my drops because if I do play linebacker that's something I'll need to learn. Really I'll need to learn all the linebacker techniques because I don't have much experience with it because I'm a pure defensive end."

Burks stated that the Sun Devils, along with other schools, have talked to him about playing a hybrid linebacker/defensive end role in college to which he commented: "As long as I get out there and play I don't care what position I'm playing."

The defensive end had a solid showing at the USC NIKE camp last Sunday, which could be another vehicle for him to increase his recruiting attention. "I didn't get beat in any of the one on one drills there," he recalled. "I think I had a very good performance and it was a very good experience. It was good to play against very good competition and work out with some very talented players."

Currently, Burks' lone offer comes from Stanford. Washington, San Diego State, Michigan and Duke, along with Arizona State, have all been pursuing the defensive end in earnest.

"My favorite now is Stanford just because they offered me and I like what they have to offer academically and athletically." Burks noted. "Arizona State and Michigan are definitely up there. I also like Washington and Oregon State."

Burks indicated that he already had unofficial visits to Michigan, Stanford, and San Diego State.

"I might go to the Nike Camp at Stanford," Burks remarked. "I don't know what college camps I'm going to go to yet. I need to sit down with my parents and talk about it. I definitely want to go to at least one of those camps so I can show my skills and hopefully pick up more offers."

In the next week Edison will start its spring practice and Bryce Erickson told the defensive end that he plans to be out there for a visit.

"I'm really hoping for an offer from Arizona State," Burks acknowledged, "because I really liked it out there. I was impressed with a lot of their stuff."

Burks is unsure of the timetable for his decision, mainly because he's seeking more offers. "If I don't get anymore offers than I'll just look at the offers I already have and decide from there," he said. "I'm looking to play for a team that has a good scheme, a place where I have a chance to play early and just overall go to a place where I know I can enjoy playing football."

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