Lexington Catholic quarterback Justin Burke has made so many unofficial college visits that he's lost track of the exact number of schools he's seen.
"It's upward of 20, maybe 30. It's probably closer to 40," Burke said.
But who's counting because if there is a school Burke wants to visit, he'll
get an invitation. His size, athleticism and special passing ability have made
him a hot recruiting target and that's not going to change in the months ahead.
Recently he made a swing to Virginia, Wake Forest, Duke and North Carolina.
Last week he checked out Michigan and Michigan State. He's also been to
Stanford, California and Texas.
During a recent workout at his school, coaches from Georgia, Alabama, Texas Tech and Oklahoma were among those present to watch him showcase his powerful
arm as well as his soft touch.
He could be a difference-maker at Kentucky the same way Tim Couch was a few
years ago. Or he could follow Brian Brohm to Louisville.
Believe Burke when he says he has no favorite and no timetable to make a
decision. He's as interested in academics as athletics as shown by his visits
to Stanford and Duke. He's not afraid to pick a rebuilding program like
Kentucky if that's the best fit or go to rival Louisville if that's what is
best. Or he could go to a lot of other places.
"The way I look at it, this is not a four-year decision, it's a 40-year
decision," Burke said. "That's why getting a degree from a Duke or Stanford
would mean so much. It would be great to have the opportunity to play in the
NFL, but I'm not looking at that. I just want to play college football and get
a degree. Then we'll see what happens after that."
He likes the facilities he's seen at Atlantic Coast Conference schools. But he
also likes the medical schools at Kentucky and Louisville even though he knows
a pre-med major for a major college quarterback might be impossible.
Recently he got a scholarship offer from Tennessee. "That surprised me. I've
never seen their campus and didn't even know I was on their list," Burke said.
While many believe he will leave the state to play college football, he notes
that he spent five to six hours at Louisville watching practice and studying
film with assistant Jeff Brohm. He also has studied film with UK quarterback
coach Kurt Roper. "I even shared with him a couple of things we do since the
offenses are similar," Burke said.
So do Kentucky and/or Louisville have a legitimate chance at signing him?
"At this stage, I'm still very interested in both of them along with a lot of
other schools," Burke said. "I just want to make the right decision when the
time does get here, but I'm not anywhere close to that point yet."
VAUGHT: Burke taking his time
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