RECRUITING: Muskogee DE to attend spring game

Muskogee, Okla. defensive end Derek Burton update.


Derek Burton has developed into one of the top defensive end prospects in the state as he goes into his senior season as a three-year starter for the Roughers.

As a sophomore, Burton started to learn his craft at defensive end finishing with 82 total tackles. Last season, Burton finished with 103 tackles, eight quarterback sacks, a great number of quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery.

"I have played defensive end since I was in fifth grade and I have just been able to get good at it over the years," said Burton. "I have never been asked to change positions like some of my friends have and I have been able to get better and better every year at it. I don't like playing inside, but I can play in there if I have to. I like being outside in the open and using my moves to get to the quarterbacks.

"At defensive end, we get to use some moves and it is fun to play out there. I have a great defensive line coach (Toby Tillman) and he has taught me some great technique."

Burton can bench 300 pounds, squats 355 and he has a 33-inch vertical jump. Burton went to the Tulsa one day camp last summer and he hopes to attend the Oklahoma and Oklahoma State camps this summer. Burton has been offered by Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State, Tulsa, Texas Tech, Iowa State, and he feels an official letter is on the way from Nebraska.

"I am completely open right now because I really don't know much about any of the schools," said Burton. "I guess I would like to stay close to Oklahoma. But I need to get busy and learn all I can about all of these schools because I don't have a favorite at the moment.

"My dad went to Oklahoma State, but he is not pushing me to go there. I know a lot more about Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, but I need to learn a lot more about the other schools that have offered me."

What are Burton's thoughts on the Sooners?

"I am going to their scrimmage on Saturday and I will get to meet their coaches for the first time," said Burton. "That will be my first chance to get to know them and see the campus. I talked to Bob Stoops on the field the other day and that was the first time that I have talked to him and other than that I don't know much about them."

Burton recently took his ACT for the first time and has yet to receive a score. His GPA appears to be in good shape.

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