Justin Burke exploring all options

For Lexington Catholic quarterback Justin Burke the decision as to where to play his college ball is one that will be made with an abundance of research. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound signal-caller has traveled to each coast checking out a number of interested programs, including a four school trip this past weekend.

"I visited Wake Forest, Duke, North Carolina and Virginia," Burke told InsidetheVille.com. "It was a great trip and I liked all of those visits. They are all great schools."

Burke has already made unofficial visits to both Louisville and Kentucky, as well as trips to Florida, Georgia, Miami, Purdue, Stanford and others.

"I think we have taken a look at all the school's that I'm really interested in," Burke explained. "I wanted to get to know the school's that are recruiting me better so I can make the best decision when that time comes."

To date, Burke holds scholarship offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Mississippi, Northwestern, Purdue, Toledo and Western Michigan.

"I'm wide open at this point," continued Burke. "I have no real timetable on when I will make a decision. I'd like to have it down to a top five by the end of the summer. The perfect situation would be to get it all done before the start of the season so I can focus on the team...which I'll do anyways."

Burke will open his season in the annual Bluegrass Bowl - hosted by Lexington Catholic - against Lexington Christian and will welcome Louisville St.X to Lexington the following weekend.

As the Knights starting quarterback for the past two seasons, Burke has tossed for 4,900 yards and 58 touchdowns, with just 11 interceptions. He has also proven to be elusive running the ball, racking up 419 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior.

Those impressive numbers have college coaches flocking to Lexington Catholic High School to see Burke perform.

"We held a workout last Wednesday and basically you name the school and they were there," Burke explained. "Oklahoma, Michigan, Georgia, Virginia and Texas Tech were some of them, but there were a lot more."

Howver, two not on hand were Louisville and Kentucky. "I don't think it was their time to come in," said Burke.

Burke also told ITV that Louisville's recruiting efforts have gone well and that the Cardinals rate high on his list.

"Coach Brohm, Coach Nord and of course Coach Petrino are the one's I talk to the most," said Burke, who is apart of his school's student council. "I like them and they are doing a pretty good job."

"I'd have to put Louisville up there with Florida, Stanford and Duke, but I really have no favorite at this point."

Burke will head to Ann Arbor this weekend to participate in both the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp and Nike Combine. He'll also participate in Kentucky's team and passing camp, as well as Louisville's passing camp over the coming weeks.


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