Tenn. running back talks first offer

Trevius "Trey" Burks received his first scholarship offer from Navy. The 5-foot-8, 185-pound running back had a nice junior season at Tullahoma (Tenn.) High School averaging 7.2 yards-per-carry and established himself as one of the state's top special teams players.


"Coach Ashley (Ingram) offered me over the phone last Wednesday," said Trey Burks. "He said they liked my speed and quickness, and although I'm not the ideal size for a running back, I see the holes well and have great vision.

"We spoke briefly about the academics, and I became more familiar with the military. I was a little hesitate at first about combat, but he explained to me I could serve in a non-combat related job for three years and then be open to do other things. I liked that. I'm going up for a visit sometime this summer, probably in July."

Burks split the carries as a junior with senior Montrel Berry. He had 716 yards on 99 carries with 14 touchdowns. He added two more touchdowns on punt returns and was named the area's special team's MVP. This season Burks expects to receive the lion's share of the work at running back for the Wildcats.

"I put on some more pounds and improved my speed," said Burks on his junior season success. "I felt like I did a good job of maintaining my top-end speed after a quick burst. Next year my goal is to get over 2,000 yards rushing and win state."

At a Nike Sparq Combine in Atlanta, Burks posted the 4th highest score, a 116.4. With the combination of his impressive combine performance and a first offer, Burks has seen his interest from other colleges escalate.

"I've been hearing from MTSU, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky, Memphis, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Duke, Ole Miss, and Texas Tech," he said. "I'm going to several camps this summer. I'm going to Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Western Kentucky, Duke, Memphis, and Wake Forest. I'm hoping to find a college where I can come in and play early and receive a good education."

Burks showed off his speed in the off-season with a 10.9 in the 100 meter dash for the Tullahoma track team. He qualified for state in the 4X1 relay event.

His signature game of the 2011 season was against Shelbyville Central where he rushed for 155 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns. Burks had four three touchdown games in Tullahoma's 11 game season. He wears No. 27 for the Wildcats.

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