Early Bird..?

Last season, George Iloka enrolled at Boies State in January. That extra time helped the true freshman make a huge impact, earning a starting spot in the Bronco defensive backfield. Could another Texas prep repeat that feat? Mansfield Timberview HS WR Aaron Burks (Arlington, TX) spoke to BroncoCountry.com about his immediate future as a Bronco, including when that future will begin...

Mansfield Timberview HS WR Aaron Burks will be an early arrival in Boise. "I'll be in Boise in January," he said. "That's official now." He will graduate from high school on January 16th and arrive in Boise by the following Sunday.

Burks (6'4, 180, 4.5) feels that arriving early will help him adjust to college life. "My intentions are to get ahead in academics and get used to college life," he said. "I feel like being a semester ahead of the other freshmen will allow me to hopefully earn playing time and start working from the ground up."

Aaron just recently had an in-home visit from Chris Petersen and Brent Pease. "Coach Pete and Coach Pease came to my house last Wednesday," he said. "They ate dinner and we talked a little bit about football." Most of the conversation centered on making the transition from high school to college. "They were just telling me that the first couple weeks are going to be really busy," he said.

The Poinsettia Bowl against TCU will be a special game for Burks. "TCU will be a real good matchup," he said. "I know a few of their players. It'll be a physical game and I feel like Boise State will win."

The chance to be a part of something special is a big reason why Burks chose Boise State. "I've never been on an undefeated team," he said. "They put in a lot of hard work and I feel like Coach Pete and the other coaches have done a fantastic job," he added.

Mansfield Timberview recently finished the season with a 6-6 record. "We lost 48-14 against Denton-Ryan in the playoffs," he said. "We had too many turnovers. It was just a tough game."

Burks is now looking forward to a bright future. "It's real exciting," he said. "Knowing that pretty soon I'll be in college. It'll be a learning experience and a huge step up. I'm just excited about putting that blue jersey on."

The standout WR is already excited about playing with Kellen Moore. "I'm excited to play with Kellen," he said. "He's a real good QB. He'll put me in a good situation to catch some passes. I'm eager to get in there and work with him in practice," Burks added.

The idea of enrolling early all began during Aaron's unofficial visit over the summer. "I talked about it with Coach Pete and Coach Pease," he said. "They talked about how enrolling early helped George (IIoka). I asked George about it and he told me he made a lot of progress because he enrolled early."

Enrolling early could give Aaron a chance to earn early playing time as a freshman. Look for him to potentially be on the field often during the 2009 season, given the number of wide receiver's that the Broncos lose to graduation.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Aaron Burks.

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