Burnett: "Oklahoma sticks out"

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated is still going as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today we talked recruiting with Culver City linebacker Victor Burnett from California. Check it out.

It was not even a month ago when Culver City (CA) linebacker Victor Burnett got the call from the Oklahoma coaches extending an offer to him. Now weeks later, Burnett has decided that he will officially check out Norman in the fall.

"I do plan on taking all five of my official visits and oh yes, Oklahoma will definitely be one of them," Burnett said. "That's a school for sure I plan to visit. For me, Oklahoma really sticks out and is one of the best in the country. The area around the school is a football town and they produce a lot of great players. When I say that I am looking for a program to take me to the next level, Oklahoma sticks out."

And while Burnett is quick to say that there are no favorites among his 12 offers, the 6-foot, 225-pound Burnett also said that there is no rush with the process. As for programs he has already visited unofficially, UCLA, San Diego State, and USC are places where he has traveled thus far. 

Aside from the Oregon State, San Jose State, West Virginia, California, Nebraska, Arizona State, Arizona, Washington State, UNLV, and Washington are the offers he holds at the moment. 

It was back in late May when Burnett took the coach from Oklahoma assistant coach Brent Venables. 

"I actually called him today and left a message. But when I got my offer, we talked for about 20-30 minutes," Burnett said. "He was letting me know where the program stood as far as my position goes and how the numbers are looking. For my position, they may be thin after next year."

Burnett said that the Sooner coaches plan to use him at the same position he plays at Culver City, which is middle linebacker. In a record-breaking fashion, Burnett recorded 182 tackles (17 for loss) and ten sacks in 12 games. 

As for the continued conversation with Venables, Burnett began to really grasp what was being said.

"I could tell that he was excited about recruiting me and how impressed he was with my video," Burnett said. "He (Venables) said that they (Sooners) will be a little thin at middle linebacker and I could come in and compete. He told me that he felt that the 2010 class would be a difference maker in the program."

And from the sounds of Burnett, competition is what fuels him.

"I know at Oklahoma that the competition is high and that is what I want," Burnett said. "I do not want to go somewhere and have a position handed to me. I want to earn my spot."

For Burnett, taking his time and seeking the right fit is key through his recruitment. And it appears that he has already discovered a few things about the Sooners during his search.

"I started looking into Oklahoma and the Big 12 conference," Burnett said. "There are a lot of good linebackers who came out of Oklahoma and with coach (Bob) Stoops there that makes it even better. I like that he a head coach with defensive mentality. That is good for the program."

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