Burkes talks about his commitment

How can you defeat about 1,300 miles? Have some of your closest friends join you in Lincoln from various areas of Arizona to play football. Nebraska has landed commitments from six players from Arizona, five prep and one junior college, and all of the prep players know each other from either the field of the hard court.

It's been a little boring recently for Husker fans because there hasn't been a commitment a now for about a week. Recently, Nebraska has gone a little bit of a run.

12 of 29 commitments have come to Nebraska in the month of December. That includes five of the six commitments that come from the state of Arizona.

The Nebraska courting of Arizona prep standout, Jaivorio Burkes, started early in the year and have had Nebraska talking about their chances with one of the best offensive lineman in the nation.

The 6-foot-6 and 320-pound lineman from Phoenix (Ariz.) Moon Valley got up to 72 offers and recently had things narrowed down to two. It came down to Oklahoma and Nebraska for his services before he chose Nebraska.

"Nebraska just felt like it was the right place for me to go," Burkes said. "Ever since Nebraska started recruiting me I have just felt really comfortable."

Burkes visited Nebraska in the summer, unofficially, and visited Nebraska again officially in October. It was then that Burkes knew that Nebraska was one of his top schools.

"After my visit, I knew that is was one of my top schools that I would consider going to. Then it came down to them and Oklahoma and I chose Nebraska."

The unofficial visit really got the gears turning for Burkes when it came to considering Nebraska. Burkes might have been most impressed with the idea of being a star of the main attraction.

"Kind of. When I was out there I just thought that it was a really nice place. I was surprised. When I was told that college football was the biggest thing there, I thought that was great."

The group of commitments that Nebraska has from Arizona is impressive. The five prep stars, Burkes says, have known each other for years now from athletics.

"It's good to have them going to Nebraska because I won't really ever feel homesick. All of those people I know really well. I have known William Yancy since fifth grade, Eric Hagg maybe since my freshman year and Marcel Jones also. I've known all of them for a while now."

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