Recruiting: Burton Picks OSU

Muskogee (Okla.) High School standout defensive end Derek Burton said, "it all went pretty good," on his visit to Oklahoma State this weekend. That was when we spoke to him earlier on Sunday evening. Later Sunday night he made a decision and it was revelaed in the the Muskogee Daily Phoenix that he had decided to be a Cowboy.

According to the Phoenix Report:

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Muskogee High School defensive end made a non-binding verbal commitment to Oklahoma State on Sunday night over Tulsa and a scheduled trip (now cancelled) to OU.

"I can breathe. I knew all along that's where I wanted to go," he said. "It came down to University of Tulsa and OSU."

"Coach (Steve) Kragthorpe (of Tulsa) is a good coach and a bigger school is going to get him in another year or two," Burton said.

"Coach (Mike) Gundy is going to be at Oklahoma State for a while."

Burton's father, Derek, graduated from OSU in 1985 and started on the offensive line for three seasons.

"My father and I talked about this for a week or so," the younger Burton said.

Burton still had another recruiting visit to Oklahoma, but he said the Sooner coaches called him Sunday and said they had no more scholarships to offer. He visited Tulsa two weeks ago.

"I had a good time when I visited OSU," he said. "The players were nice and greeted me."

Earlier in the evening Burton had talked to us more about his visit.

"There wasn't anything too new, just meeting a lot more people," Burton said of the visit. "As far as academics there was one person that was designated to tell us about business (his desired major). There are a lot of branches of business and I'm not sure which one I want to get into yet."

Burton was hosted by a former Muskogee teammate and current OSU wide receiver Zach Ross.

On the field Burton fits with any team coming off a very impressive senior season that saw him play both ways and play well. He has earned his accolades on defense where he had 141 tackles to finish 7th in Class 6A. He also had 17 sacks and 18 other tackles for losses.

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