RECRUITING: Sooners lead for Texas linebacker?

Channelview, Texas linebacker Marcus Burton update.


Marcus Burton is another talented linebacker in Texas that a number of colleges have their eye on.

Burton started his sophomore year at Houston Yates before moving to Channelview, where me moved into the starting lineup at defensive end and outside linebacker. Burton made an immediate impact with 70 tackles, 45 solo stops and 15 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Throw in seven sacks, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception, and you have quite a season.

"We have played one game this year and we lost to Houston Forrest Brook 28-12," said Burton. "I played pretty well in the game. I had 13 tackles, two forced fumbles and one pass deflection. We had a lot of new guys on both sides of the ball and they were trying to get a feel for the game. We will get better as the season goes along."

Burton can bench 245 pounds, squats 505 and he has a 30-inch vertical jump. Burton also runs track and throws the shot and discus. Marcus didn't go to any camps and stayed home this summer working out.

Burton has been offered by nine schools at this point and he is working to get his visits set up.

"I am going to watch the OU/Texas game in the Cotton Bowl in October," said Burton. "Oklahoma wants me to come to the Cotton Bowl on an unofficial visit, and then they want me to take an official visit sometimes after that. We haven't set an official date yet because they have had a couple guys commit to them and they are waiting to see what their situation is at linebacker. They are recruiting me hard, but I am not sure what their situation is as far as I am concerned. If they do want to sign me, I am very interested in Oklahoma . I am also looking at Missouri, Washington State, Oklahoma State and TCU. Oklahoma is my leader at this point. I hope things work out with Oklahoma."

Burton has qualified.

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