Burnett, Sooners talk future game plan

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.

Aside from getting ready for his senior season at Culver City (CA), linebacker Victor Burnett also works part time at a local recreation center where he works with the local youth. Sooners Illustrated caught Burnett as soon as he punched out.

"I just got off work. I was working the clock here at the rec center," Burnett said. "Not much has gone on as far as new offers, but I did set up an official visit to Washington for September 4 (Huskies take in LSU) and last week I had a good talk with (Oklahoma assistant) coach (Brent) Venables."

Burnett, who is about 6-foot-1, and weighs 218 pounds, said that he and Venables talked for a good hour last week. Aside from the typical ‘how are you things are fine' type of conversation, Burnett got done to some integral details outlining how the Sooners plan to use him should he decide to make that commitment call.

"He (Venables) told me about the depth chart and who is graduating at the linebacker position," Burnett said. "He told me that they switched on linebacker to defensive end and one to full back. After next year Oklahoma will need depth at the position. That is how it was explained to me. "

And obviously that is music to Burnett's ears, especially since there is only one linebacker commit for the 2010 Sooner class.

That puts Burnett at the top of the list.

"Coach Venables told me that I was their top linebacker," Burnett said. "There are no commitments at the position so they really want me to be one for the inside linebacker spot."

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

So there will not be much of a transition for Burnett to make with the Sooner program. Even his high school defense has some similarities to what he could be doing at the next level.

"We run a lot of variations on defense. We change it up weekly to our opponents," Burnett said. "Our base defense is the 3-4 and I play one of the middle (Mike) linebacker spots. When we adjust to the 4-3, I am in the middle. We also get into some dime and nickel. So I don't think making the adjustments to college will be too difficult to me. I pick things up quick."

Now Burnett said he would check his schedule to get an official visit set up to be in Norman. He already has a few games in mind that he would not mind checking out.

"Initially, I want to see Oklahoma/Texas, but that's played in Texas so that out," Burnett said. "I may see about watching them play Texas A&M, but really the game against Oklahoma State would be a good one. That is their rivalry game and I think I want to experience the atmosphere for that. There will be lots of people there and will probably be crazy."

Before all of that, Burnett has a little more time left in the summer and he wants to maximize it. There are a few planned visits he really wants to fit in.

"We have a dead period and are not in football right now. So before we come back to practice, I want to take some unofficial visits," Burnett said. "I want to take visits to Arizona, California, and Arizona State before we head back to football. 

"Because, I still have lots of evaluations to do."


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