Its been a good week for Maryland head coach Randy Edsall. On Monday he landed a commitment from General McLane 2014 lineman Brett Kulka and on Tuesday picked up his second snagged his second verbal from Coatesville (Pa.) three-star prospect Tyler Burke.
"It's a great feeling I mean you cant really explain it," Burke said. "I guess all the hard work I have done finally paid off."
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound linebacker has been high on Maryland for a while now and his visit Tuesday cleared up any lingering questions his mind.
"I kind of knew before, I had a gut feeling," Burke said. "I just feel like Maryland is the place I want to be. So I made my decision off of that."
Burke and his father have been to College Park several times but Tuesday was his mom's first real chance to get an in-depth look at Maryland.
"[This visit] was pretty much for my mom really because me and my dad had been down there a lot before," Burke said. "They showed my mom the campus and the where I would live and we met the academic advisors and stuff."
During the visit, Burke and his family spoke with a few members of the staff, who shared their insight on Maryland's academic opportunities.
"We met with a professor, Dr. Brown, she was really nice," Burke said. "Her and my mom got a long really well. She just said how Maryland is a great place to be and that they would kind of be like parents for me while I am at college so I think that made my mom feel good."
During his tour, Burke got a chance to check out some of the dorms and talk with current Maryland tight end P.J. Gallo.
"He had a lot of nice things to say about Maryland," Burke said. "He was just telling me how everyone fits in and gets a long. It just seems like everyone has a real positive outlook on everything."
After getting a full go-around of the campus and facilities sat down with head coach Randy Edsall to talk some football.
"He was telling me they want to use me at either MIKE or MO. They said I could play either one." Burke said. "He just said they wanted me to play there and help them win a Big Ten championship."
Speaking of Big Ten Championships, Maryland's move to the Big Ten played a key role in Burke's decision.
"That was a big factor that came into it," Burke said. "It is one of the best conferences in college football and I know I wanted to play in the Big Ten."
Burke also held offers a number of other big time programs including: Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Rutgers and NC State. But he had recently narrowed his list to Maryland and Rutgers. So what gave the Terps the edge?
"I liked everything about Rutgers, I built some good relationships with their coaches too but I felt more like Maryland's campus was for me," Burke said. "I liked that it was all one campus and the whole lay out of the school. There was just something about Maryland I liked more."
With his parents' nod of approval and a gut feeling, Burke pulled the trigger and committed.
"I told coach Edsall and he was really really happy, but I think he was a little shocked," Burke said. "He asked me if I was serious and I said yes. So he was just really excited."
Maryland has already landed two other commitments out of the state of Pennsylvania and now Burke makes it three in a row from Quaker State.
"It is kind cool knowing some other guys from Pennsylvania are going too," Burke said. "Especially with Maryland playing Pennsylvania in the Big 33, so hopefully we can get a few more commits."
Burke said he is excited to be a Terp, but also excited to have the recruiting process behind him.
"I feel excited and relieved," Burke said. "Now I can just focus on getting good grades and hopefully that winning a state championship."
Burke is the seventh commit for Maryland's 2014 class, and the third (in a row) from the state of Pennsylvania. The Tri-State trio: General McLane defensive end Brett Kulka, Spring Grove defensive tackle David Shaw, and now Burke, joins St. John's Prep (Mass.) running back Johnathan Thomas and a pair of local prospects, St. John's College High quarterback Will Ulmer and McDonogh offensive lineman Jared Cohen.
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