Coatesville (Pa.) High middle linebacker/defensive end Tyler Burke has visited Maryland three times, however he has not always had the best of luck in College Park.
"We went down there [to Maryland] for the summer camp and it was like 100-degrees; there was no air conditioning because there was a lacrosse camp going on too and they broke it," Burke said. "Then a tornado hit two miles off campus and it was just a mess (laughing)."
Luckily, Burke survived the weekend and picked up an offer from the Terps in the process. Not phased by the camp fiasco, Burke returned to Maryland for two other visits.
"I was down there for the NC State game, the one where they lost on the field goal at the end," Burke said. "Then I was down there for a spring practice where it was freezing."
Perhaps Burke just believes bad things only happen in threes or he must be a glutton for punishment because despite enduring the multitude of unfortunate circumstances, the 6-foot 4, 235-pound prospect still said he "loves it at Maryland."
"I can't really explain it, it just feels right. It is close to home and everything I want is there," Burke said. "They offered me early on and I like all the coaches out there, especially Coach Dunn, they all keep in touch a lot."
Burke said along with Maryland, there are two schools that really stand out to him at this point.
"Wisconsin, Maryland and Rutgers will be in my top five," said Burke, who also holds offers from Boston College, Connecticut, and N.C. State among others. "Rutgers and Maryland are very similar. I like Coach Flood a lot too. Darrell Wilson is the recruiter for this area but now their defensive coordinator pretty much took over and I like him a lot. He is a really nice guy."
While Burke noticed a lot of similarities between Maryland and Rutgers, there are several things that set them apart from one another.
"I would say that the biggest difference between Maryland and Rutgers is the campus," Burke said. "Maryland is not one of those huge campuses where there are people everywhere. You can walk from one end to the other so I liked that a lot and they have a bunch of stores right next to the dorms you stay in your freshman year so that was pretty cool. Then Rutgers has a big campus too but it is not all together you have different campuses."
While Burke might prefer Maryland's campus, he is impressed with the track record Rutgers has had in the NFL draft. "Rutgers is recruiting me for defense and their defense is really really good, I mean they had a ton of guys go to the NFL this year."
Burke added, "That is definitely a pretty big thing to see that they put people in the NFL."
Burke also talked about the third school that is still in the mix, Wisconsin.
"I never really talked to them [Wisconsin] and then all of a sudden they let me know they saw my film and said I was probably going to get an offer," Burke said. "They called my coach like a week later and offered me so it was kind of unexpected."
Burke did not have too much to say about Wisconsin, but he hopes to learn more when he goes out there this summer.
"I know I am going to Wisconsin the weekend of June 29 and then I will probably go back to Maryland and Rutgers," Burke said. "I also might check out a few more places like, Boston College and UConn, just to see where I feel most comfortable."
Burke also talked about making his decision.
"I am probably going to commit going during the summer," Burke said. "It will just depend on how I fitting in and the feeling I get when I am there."
Three Standing Out to Burke
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