Burkes Enjoys UM Visit; Still Wide Open

Phoenix, (AZ) lineman Jaivorio Burkes made the trek to the Midwest last weekend to check out the Michigan Wolverines. The contrast in temperature took a little bit of time to adjust to, but overall, the youngster had a very good experience and left Ann Arbor with a very favorable impression of the Maize and Blue.

With his season now over, Moon Valley high (Phoenix, AZ) lineman Jaivorio Burkes has begun to spend a lot more time on his recruitment.  The Michigan Wolverines had been efforting a visit with the 6-6 318-pounder for quite some time, and all that hard work finally paid off when he made a trip to Ann Arbor last weekend.  Now that back home in the warm desert air, the four-star lineman indicated that he was very impressed with the visit despite the icy conditions when he arrived.

"I got in at maybe three-something Saturday morning.," Burkes recalled.  "It was quite a bit colder than I thought it would be.  It was like 22 degrees when I came in (laughing).  I didn't really expect anything on the visit though.  I went in there with an open mind and it was a pretty good experience.  It went real good.  They took me a tour of the campus and all around the town and that  was real cool.  We saw a pretty good game too.  They were supposed to blow (Ball State) out though (laughing). I'd rate (the visit) like a nine [out of ten].

Much of Burke's time on campus was spent with his player host Justin Boren, James McKinney, and a number of other Wolverines.  He found his interaction with the players to be quite enjoyable.  He was similarly pleased with the amount of time he was able to spend with the coaching staff.

"I talked to basically all of the coaches," he said.  "I sat down Sunday afternoon with Coach Carr for about an hour and talked.  He was saying how he really wanted me at Michigan and stuff like that.  I spent a lot of time with Coach English and quite a bit of time with the offensive line coach as well.  They want me to play the left tackle position."

The visit to the Great Lake State has clearly put the Maize and Blue in firm consideration for Burkes final choice, but at this point in time he is not ready to name a leader.

"That was my first (official visit)," he explained.  "All I really saw at my unofficial visit to Nebraska is the locker room and the coaches' offices.  As far as my other visits go, I plan on going back to Nebraska and to Oregon right now. Nebraska is the day after Thankgiving.  I haven't set up the  Oregon yet.  I'm pretty sure I'm going to take my other two.  I'll probably choose between Tennessee, Oklahoma, and ASU."

When Burkes does ultimately sit down to make his decision, he made it very clear that proximity to home will receive little consideration.

"I don't really have a timeline for making a choice right now," said Burkes.  "I'm just going to go where I really feel comfortable. Distance won't be a factor for me. It was just me on the visit and I was fine.  Being far away doesn't bother me at all."

GoBlueWolverine will have more on Burkes in the coming months.


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