Nyc Burns of Berryhill High School says he will attend Oklahoma State

Nyc Burns of Berryhill High School says he will be attending Oklahoma State as a preferred walkon.

It's a fairly new addition to the recruiting vocabulary, but now preferred walk-ons are athletes that come on campus without scholarships but often are included in the initial 105 players that report for fall camp and can participate in the summer in strength and conditioning and don't have to try out for the team when classes begin either in the spring or in the fall. Nyc Burns of Berryhill is the latest of the preferred walk-ons and he will join Oklahoma State next summer. 

The 6-4, 175-pound Burns saw his first season of starting duty as a quarterback in high school this fall at Berryhill and led the Chiefs to a 7-4 record while completing 64 percent of his passes for 2,860 yards with 35 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He also rushed for 706 yards and 11 touchdowns.

"During the whole recruiting time, I really looked for a place that felt like home — a place where I would feel good about spending a decent portion of my life," Burns told Bill Haisten of the Tulsa World. "I was looking for a place that felt like home, and that’s how I feel in Stillwater."

Burns will have an uphill climb with the talent that Oklahoma State has accumulated at quarterback that includes one of the top high school quarterbacks in the country in Argyle, Texas Liberty Christian and Elite 11 finalist Nick Starkel, who is a scholarship commitment in the 2016 recruiting class.

The 6-4 1/2, 185-pound Starkel has a big-time quality arm and has been committed to Oklahoma State since the spring. The Cowboys also have returning starter Mason Rudolph, scholarship freshman John Kolar, who redshirted this season, and freshman walk-on Taylor Cornelius.

It turns out that according to the Tulsa World another Oklahoma prep quarterback has been offered a walk-on slot at OSU. Locust Grove standout Mason Fine, the Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year, has been extended that offer. Fine is a record holder having thrown for over 13,000 yards and 166 touchdowns in his prep career for the Pirates.

Fine has several Division II offers and an FCS offer from Austin Peay, but no Division I offers. Fine is just 5-10 and his height is a negative with major college recruiters.  


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