Gulf Coast CC WR Tony Burks

Gulf Coast CC wide receiver Tony Burks, a pre-season first-team All-American, has three schools on his recruiting agenda.

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With a need for big, fast wide receivers that can go get the ball, MSU head coach Sylvester Croom and his staff have set their sights on one located at Gulf Coast Community College - Tony Burks, a member of the JC Grid-Wire pre-season first-team All-American team.

"Right now, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State are showing interest in me," said Tony Burks, a speedy, 6-4 wide receiver who has registered 5 catches and 135 yards in his team's first two games this season.

Does any one of the three lead the other two? Not according to Tony.

"They are all the same right now," said.

He explained what he's looking for in a college.

"I'm looking for a school that will give me the best playing time, has an offense that I like and has good coaches," said Tony, who plans on graduating in December.

And all three appear to have those things.

"I like Mississippi State because Coach Croom and (MSU receiver) Coach (Guy) Holliday have really impressed me," said Tony. "They said they really need me up there. I've been up there and like the facilities. They have a good environment."

"(Ole Miss head) Coach O (Ed Orgeron) and (assistant) Coach (Matt) Luke are saying that I will probably come up there and get (USC) Mike Williams' position and get some good playing time."

"I talked to the (Oklahoma State) coach not too long ago. He said I could come in and be an impact player for them."

Tony's set up one official visit and is setting up visits with the other two schools.

"I'm going to try and set up visits with all three schools," said Tony. "I've set up a visit with Oklahoma State on December 9th. We are in the process of setting up dates with the other two."

We'll check back with Tony in about three weeks to get the latest recruiting news.

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