Somehow, the Movement that was supposed to envelop the Maryland-D.C. area following Dwayne Haskins’ (Bullis/Potomac, Md.) commitment to the Terps has instead taken hold in the Midwest. After the quarterback Haskins pledged to UMD May 15, two Ohio natives, Jeffrey Pooler (Chaminade Julienne/Dayton, Ohio) and Terek Zingale (Nordonia/Macedonia, Ohio), jumped onto the Maryland bandwagon a day later. Now, the Terps could be in position for yet another area talent, linebacker Noah Burks from Carmel High (Ind.).
“Right now I’d say it’s Maryland and Wisconsin for me. Wisconsin is the leader, but I’m visiting Maryland for the first time May 29, so we’ll see what happens after that,” said Burks, who also holds verbals from Boston College, Illinois, Minnesota and several MAC programs. “It’s been pretty crazy with Maryland lately. Like I just had five commitments from there follow me on Twitter [May 18], and they’ve been hitting me up about what’s going on there. It’s pretty cool with Haskins on board and all that.
“Dwayne hit me up, Michael Clark hit me up, Terek Zingale just sent me a message, Jeff Pooler has been on me, and a 2015 guy, Quarvez Boulware, he messaged me too. They all just wanted to see where I stand now and are making sure I’m still visiting. They were saying how they want me there and how they want to make the Movement happen. They were saying how they want to turn Maryland into a Big Ten championship contender and how they need me to help them do that.”
So, what does the 6-foot-3, 221-pound Burks think about that proposition?
“I’m honestly not really sure right now. I mean, it sounds great, but I do love Madison a lot too,” Burks said. “I still have to learn the rest of the stuff about Maryland when I go on my visit. I have to be on campus to get the full effect. So right now what they say sounds great, but I have to see what it’s like there.”
Haskins and Co. aren’t the only ones pushing the Terps. Burks has been in constant communication with Maryland area recruiter Chad Wilt, while he’s spoken to head coach Randy Edsall and defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski too. Burks said Wilt, in particular, has the linebacker’s mind on Maryland.
“The Maryland coaches all want me to be one of their guys. Coach Wilt has been out to my school twice already, and whenever I talk to him or Coach Edsall, they think I can be a major threat at inside backer,” Burks said. “Coach Wilt is one of my favorite recruiters, probably the No. 1 or No. 2 guy I talk to. We obviously have a great relationship, and he’s a big part why I like Maryland so much. He’s straightforward, he’s a personable guy, and we can talk about pretty much anything.”
Burks also talked up the Terps’ Big Ten affiliation, facility upgrades, uniforms and more. He said he’s always wanted to play in the Big Ten, and the fact UMD was the first B1G school to recruit him resonates.
“I’ve only heard great things about Maryland and College Park, so I can’t wait to get out there,” Burks said. “I’ve heard about the new fields, the tunnel, the dorms – it all sounds incredible. The uniforms are sweet, they play in the conference I dreamed of playing in, and the coaching staff is great. I know they had an over-.500 record this year too, and I think they’re moving up in the Big Ten. So now it’s just a matter of being on campus and learning more first-hand.”
While UMD is firmly on the brain, Burks said it’s going to be tough to top the Badgers. He’s already been in Madison, Wisc., and couldn’t say enough about his visit.
“I just loved Wisconsin from the moment I stepped on campus. It was just so beautiful between the two lakes, and it was better than I expected,” Burks said. “It’s a great environment there, I have a great relationship with that staff just like Maryland’s, and I love how it’s straight blue-collar there. I’m a blue-collar guy, and that’s definitely the vibe I get at Wisconsin. Plus they have a great fanbase there, and I like how they want me at outside backer, which is the position I play in high school.”
Burks said he’d likely pick between UMD and Wisconsin sometime in June. He said it’s “not him” to set an exact date, preferring to wake up one day, make up his mind and then let the world know via Twitter.
“It’s pretty much 50-50 Maryland and Wisconsin. There have been some other schools talking to me, but it’s not the same as with the Terps and Badgers,” Burks said. “I can’t really see myself at another school besides one of those two.”
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