JAVARIO BURKES, OT, 6'6 ½, 300, 5.2, PHOENIX (MOON VALLEY HS), ARIZONA:
Javario Burkes is clearly one of the best offensive tackle prospects in the country. He has all of the intangibles necessary to be a super offensive tackle, and that is why he is drawing interest from coast-to-coast.
"Playing offensive tackle comes very natural to me," said Burkes. "What sets me apart at the position I feel is my footwork and athletic ability. I usually am the best athlete on the line and that always helps me. I haven't run up against anybody yet who I felt was a better athlete than me."
Burkes broke into the starting line-up as a sophomore and helped Moon Valley to a state championship and 14-0 record. However, last year was a rebuilding year for Burkes and his team as they finished 2-8.
"We had so many new guys on the field that we just never jelled," said Burkes. "Next year I think I am going to go both ways and we have more experience so we will be better. I have played a little defense in the past and it should be fun going both ways this year."
Burkes hasn't maxed out on the bench in a while, but he does reps with 275 pounds, squats 445 and has posted a 28-inch vertical jump. He starts in hoops where he averages 20 points and 11 boards a game.
He has been to team camps at Utah and in Reno, Nevada before and after his sophomore year, but he has never attended a camp to own on just his own skills. He doesn't plan on going to any camps this year either.
"Those were actually full pad camps for us," said Burkes. "After my sophomore year when I didn't play much I really improved at that camp. Then following last season I was named all-camp at the camp in Reno."
Burkes has been offered by 42 different schools, at least he thinks it is 42 give or take a school.
"I am still considering all 42 right now," said Burkes. "I haven't started to narrow them down at all. I am going to start looking at the different schools after I take my ACT test this Saturday. I am also going to take my SAT next season. After I take those tests I will try to get my list down to 15 or 20."
With so many schools still to consider, what are going to be some of the factors that will help him narrow down his choices.
"I am looking for a good school environment," said Burkes. "I am looking for a place where I feel real comfortable. I want to try to go into sports medicine so that will be a factor. I will just have to take my vists and see how I feel about things at that particular school."
Oklahoma is one of the schools that has offered Burkes, so does he have any interest?
"Oklahoma is among the schools that I am considering," said Burkes. "I don't know a lot about Oklahoma, but I know they have a pretty good football program. They will be one of the schools that I take a hard look at when I get my test behind me."
Burkes says he will have no trouble qualifying.
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