Recruiting: Burton Makes This Weekend Bigger

We checked in with Muskogee, Okla., defensive lineman Derek Burton and found that he has had a change in his itinerary that makes this upcoming weekend of official visits loom even larger in how Oklahoma State will finish out its recruiting class. Arguably, three of the top players that the Cowboys would like to close with will be on hand as Burton now joins s list that also includes Richardson (Texas) Berkener defensive end Ugo Chinasa and BYU/South Garland (Texas) wide receiver Antwuan Harris.

Previously committed players like wide receiver DeMarcus Conner of Spring (Texas) Westfield and offensive lineman Myron McKinney of Putnam City North are also expected in this weekend.

"Yes, I'm visiting Oklahoma State this weekend," said the 6-5, 255-pound Burton. "Tennessee cancelled out and I just rescheduled OSU. It's down to just the three schools in state. I knew if I was going out of state it was going to have to be special. I liked Tennessee, but when they told me they were filled up on scholarships then there was no need. I don't know that much about Texas Tech and I wasn't going to go there."

Burton, who finished the 2005 season with 141 tackles, 17 sacks, and 18 other tackles for losses, is a huge prize and a very talented player. His father played on the offensive line blocking for Thurman Thomas in the 1980s and he would have a chance to play immediately. He visited Tulsa on Dec. 16 and called it a good visit. He will have Oklahoma State this weekend and then finish with OU on Jan. 20.

"I'm going to take my visits and decide after that," added Burton.

He is not saying he's leaning any way, just that he wants to check out all three schools and see what they have and how he fits in.

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