Burks Breaks Down Terps Trip

One of Maryland’s primary linebacker targets, Carmel Catholic’s (Carmel, Ind.) Noah Burks, made his way to College Park, Md., May 29 for a look at one of his top two suitors. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder said he had a “terrific” time at UMD and has the Terps “about even” with Wisconsin for his services.

One of Maryland’s primary linebacker targets, Carmel Catholic’s (Carmel, Ind.) Noah Burks, made his way to College Park, Md., May 29 for a look at one of his top two suitors. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder said he had a “terrific” time at UMD and has the Terps “about even” with Wisconsin for his services.

“It was a great, great visit and better than I thought it’d be,” said Burks, who has offers from UMD, Wisconsin, Boston College, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, and several MAC schools. “I loved the campus there, and also the coaching staff. I had a chance to talk to Coach [Greg] Studrawa a lot and I knew Coach [Chad] Wilt already since he’s my recruiter. The coaches were awesome and the players there were great too. I loved it.”

There was plenty that stood out about Maryland, but Burks said the position meeting with defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski resonated. The Indiana product said the two spent a good 45 minutes going over the 4-3 scheme and how Burks would fit into the defense.

“Maryland wants me as a MIKE backer, and they think I’d fit great right in the middle of their defense. But there’s also a chance I can slide over to outside linebacker too, since they like my athleticism,” Burks said. “It’s a great defense and it’s something I’m used to since we run a similar scheme [at Carmel]. I could see myself fitting in well there.”

Naturally, Burks toured College Park and had a chance to see the new player dorms, the different academic buildings, the team house and the like. He said the Under Armour gear caught his eye, in addition to the campus itself, which he called “beautiful.”

“The dorms were really cool and I really liked the vibe down there with the [football] players and the other students,” Burks said. “And the new indoor fields, the tunnel they’re building, that’s going to be great. The new facilities are going to be some of the best out there. I thought the campus was just great and I loved it.”

Burks went on to laud Maryland’s academics. He wants to major in communications and is also thinking about business, and was impressed by both programs. The Carmel prospect said he spoke to a couple UMD academics advisors, who let him know his schedule and the balance between football and classroom work.

“I learned a lot about the educational aspects of Maryland and it’s really good there. Their communication program is great, and so is the business school. It’s awesome,” Burks said. “And I loved how the coaches there are all about grades first. Coach [Randy] Edsall, he really cares about his guys getting to class and getting their degrees. So that really stood out too.”

Indeed, Edsall’s message resonated with Burks. The Indiana backer spoke to the head coach extensively at the end of his visit and came away raving.

“Coach Edsall was telling me how he wants me in the program and thinks I’d be a great fit. He was saying how I’m one of their top linebackers and how he’d love for me to join the program,” Burks said. “He was telling me how I not only fit in from a football standpoint, but my character stood out too. So that really meant something to me, and it’s one of the main reasons Maryland is one of my top schools.”

Wilt, though, has been the driving force behind Burks’ recruitment. UMD’s defensive line coach has stayed in constant contact with the Indiana product and has Maryland in position to potentially land Burks down the road.

“Coach Wilt and I have a great relationship. He’s one of my favorite coaches to talk to, and I love his energy and how straightforward he is,” Burks said. “It was great to talk to him [May 29] in person since I couldn’t really talk to him when he visited [Carmel]. He’s awesome and I think he has a great personality.”

Burks isn’t sure when exactly he’ll be selecting his school, though he hinted it would be sometime in June. He said Maryland and Wisconsin are “pretty much even” and now he has to weigh the pros and cons of each.

“It’s going to be a tough decision. I loved Wisconsin and I loved Maryland,” Burks said. “Maryland was so much better than I though, but Wisconsin was great too. So it’s going to be tough.”

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