Ariz. OL to Visit Michigan - This Weekend?

For months it had appeared that the Michigan Wolverines had fallen off the list of Moon Valley High ((Phoenix, AZ) offensive lineman Javario Burkes, but according to the young man himself, nothing could be further from the truth.

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"They've always been up there, pretty much," Burkes said when asked if he just started considering the Maize & Blue again.  "I've set up a visit.  It will be on November the 4th I believe."

The Wolverines were among the earliest of Burkes' numerous suitors to offer him a scholarship.  With over 40 now to his credit, that early initiative proved useful when it came to securing one of his coveted official visits.  He is still in the process of determining where else he might go.

"At this point in time Nebraska is the only other (visit)," he said.  "I'll take it two weekends from now.  I plan on taking more, but I don't know where to right now."

(Edt note: Two weekends from now falls on November 4th, which is the date mentioned for the Michigan visit.  GoBlueWolverine has learned that Burkes' Michigan visit will likely take place for this weekend's Iowa game.  Stay tuned for confirmation).

Burkes' status as a top football prospect is a testament to his outstanding athleticism, especially when one considers the fact that he has only been playing the sport for a few years.

"I'd always played basketball," said Burkes, who is also the starting center on his school's hoop squad.  "A few of my friends talked me into playing football.  If I could pursue (basketball) in college I would, but I don't think I'll be able to."

With his football recruitment now in full swing, Burkes has felt the amount of attention he receives from across the country continue to rise.  There are a few schools, however, that are recruiting him a little harder than the rest.

"Both of in-state schools, Nebraska, Michigan, Oregon, and Oregon State," Burkes said regarding which programs are showing the most interest. 

Despite the distinction that the aforementioned schools have earned, Burkes was not yet ready to name a list of favorites.  He did, however, shed light on what the significant factors will be in the process for choosing the schools that make the cut…and the one that he ultimately decides to attend.

"Distance won't really be a factor," he said.  "Neither will playing early because if my body was ready for me to play early, I would want to.  But if it wasn't, I wouldn't want to take the risk of it.  I just want a place where I feel comfortable around the players and coaches.  My decision will come after my season sometime."

GoBlueWolverine will have more on Burkes in the coming days.

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