Kris Burd of Matoaca HS in Ettrick, VA has written offers from Maryland and Virginia as well as a verbal offer from Virginia Tech. He's also hearing from schools such as Florida, Tennessee and North Carolina, among others. For Burd though, distance is a factor in terms of the colleges he's eyeing.
"The local schools like Maryland, Virginia Tech and Virginia stand out right now because I'm not planning on going that far," Burd said. "Looking on the map I'm more looking at [close distance] than like Florida and Tennessee and schools like that."
Last season Burd hauled in 44 receptions for 865 yards and six touchdowns despite missing two games. He also led his team in tackles from the safety position. He measures in at 6-foot-2, and 181 pounds and runs the 40 in the 4.5 range.
"I'm a physical type wide receiver. I like to put my hands on the DBs and if there's a jump ball situation I'm more likely to come down with the ball. If it's like a press type coverage on defense I'm more likely to get off the ball and get some separation. I play a physical style of football. I like the physical part of being a wide receiver – and blocking. I love blocking."
Despite heavy interest from both sides, Burd has yet to visit Maryland's campus but plans on attending Maryland's camp this month. He does, however like what he's hearing from Maryland.
"Everything has been good from Maryland," he said. "They've been talking about how they know they're recruiting me for wide receiver but they've seen some tapes on DB and how they might put me in on defense here and there. I don't know if it was like positive recruiting or not but they were selling me good. I'm hearing some good stuff from them."
Burd doesn't seem to prefer one side of the ball over another in college and he could play either wide receiver or defensive back with his size and athleticism.
"[I prefer] either wide receiver or DB, personally. It's not a ‘I want to do this or I want to do that' situation. Whatever they put me as or whatever they want me to play I'll play that position. I just want to play basically. That will be good enough for me. I'll make the best of my opportunity that I get."
So far in his recruitment, Virginia is the only school Burd has visited.
"UVA is a real nice school," he said. "They make you feel right at home at UVA. Maybe because it was my first experience being at [a] school but UVA has a pretty nice school they're working with. It felt almost like I was at home. I went there when they played Virginia Tech and when they played Florida State."
"My high school team is going to the 7-on-7 camp at UVA and then I'm going to stay over night for their individual camp after that. I'm waiting for information from Tech like involving a camp or something. I haven't really heard very much from them."
With his eye on three local schools, Burd doesn't figure his recruitment will be too difficult to figure out.
"After I get the visits to the three main schools I'm considering – UVA, Maryland and Tech then I'm pretty sure I'll have my mind set on where I want to be," he said.
When he visits Maryland this month, he has some things in mind to which he'll be paying close attention.
"How their offense is run, how they operate up there," he said. "How the players interact with the coaches, how the coaches react to the players. Just the feeling – like if I feel I can be part of this or if I feel like I'm out of place. That's basically the feeling I'm going to have to go by."
And what is he looking for off the field in a college?
"Their graduation rate of athletes – what's the percent of athletes that graduate from the school? The teacher to student ratio. I don't want to be in a class with like 500 people. How the students are around campus, like do they have a good reputation or is it just another school? It's just a natural feeling like ‘is this really what I want to do?' If I have to question myself on ‘is this where want to be?' then that tells me no, it's not the right school for me."
Our Take - It will be interesting to see how Maryland handles the WR position after the commitment of Torrey Smith. Arrelious Benn is obviously a top priority and Lansford Watson has the Terps high on his list as well. With Burd's ability to play offense or defense he could come in as an 'athlete' and find his eventual position later.
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