Iowa Trying Hard to Get '11 Burke On Campus

The Iowa coaches are working hard on the recruiting trail in hopes of putting together a much-needed infusion for its 2011 class. One of the main targets is Columbus, Ohio point guard Trey Burke. Hawkeye Insider spoke with his father and AAU coach to get the latest on his son's recruitment.

Iowa is pushing hard to get Trey Burke to campus for an official visit. However, it might be too late in the process.

"I'd say, right now, it would probably be an upset if he didn't go to Cincinnati." said Trey's father and AAU Coach, Benji Burke. "But you never know. This recruiting is crazy. They could get a commitment tonight or tomorrow and it could change everything.

"I think he's their No. 1 choice, but you never know. I know they're recruiting other kids at his position and they're not going to wait forever."

The Burkes live in Columbus, Ohio. Trey is Scout.com's 20th-ranked PG nationally in the 2011 Class.

Trey verballed to Penn State last fall before backing out. Cincinnati has worked hard since the de-commitment and the Bearcats are pretty close to home.

"When we started the process, I gave him some criteria to focus on," Benji said. "Style of play and a chance to play early were important. It looks like a good situation at Cincinnati.

"He grew up a fan of the Big Ten, but he likes the Big East, too. He would like to play closer to home if the situation is right. He's also developed a good relationship with (Cincinnati Head Coach Mitch Cronin)."

The Burkes don't have a timeline for a decision but would prefer to have one in the next two to three weeks.

Iowa is looking to get the Burkes on campus for the Sept. 11 football game against Iowa State at Kinnick Stadium.

"They saw Trey in early July and then heard he had decommitted from Penn State and offered right away," Benji said. "They've really been recruiting him hard since early July. Coach (Sherman) Dillard really wants us to take the visit. I know Coach (Fran) McCaffery spoke with Trey a few days ago.

"We've talked a lot about that visit to Iowa, to see the campus and see the opportunity. In looking at the roster, there would be a chance for Trey play early. That's a positive."

Trey starts school on August 25th, so he could take official visits from that point forward.

Benji said that his son holds offers from Iowa, Miami (Fla.), Cincinnati, Providence, Nebraska and Seton Hall. Michigan also is in hot pursuit.


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