Recruiting: Burton's Recruiting Starts Now

Muskogee (Okla.) High School standout lineman Derek Burton is just getting over the hurt of losing in the Class 6A semifinals to Mustang 48-44 in the final game of his high school career. In the game Burton had three sacks to raise his season total to 18. It was one of the best games this reporter has ever seen on the high school level.

"I'm fine," said the usually quiet Burton of getting over the game.

One season and chapter ended and now another begins as Burton stayed focused during the season for the Muskogee Roughers, but now the recruiting has started in earnest for the 6-5, 255-pounder.

"The coaches visits have started," said Burton. "Coach (Nelson) Barnes (of Oklahoma State) was here first and then the coach from Tennessee. A coach from Baylor came by the school today and tonight Coach (Bob) Stoops and the defensive line coach (Oklahoma) were here at my house. Tomorrow, Coach (Steve) Kragthorpe and the tight ends coach (Tulsa) are coming.

"I'm not sure of all the dates (official visits) but I'm going to OU and OSU and I will probably go up to TU on an unofficial," Burton said of his visit plans. "I'm going to take a trip out to Tennessee and I will probably go visit Texas Tech."

Burton said he realizes his parents would like to see him stay in state, and he described how that will be a factor.

"I will listen to them, but my dad has definitely said it is my decision," explained Burton. "I know they would like for me to stay in state, and if that is where I feel comfortable then I will. If I like it better somewhere else then I will go there, and that is Tennessee being the farthest and then Texas Tech."

Burton may be the best defensive lineman in the state, although Oklahoma City Southeast star Gerald McCoy generally gets that label. They are both very, very good.

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