Army All-American set to have big year
Height: 6' 4"
40 time: 4.5
Bench: 225 times 6
Squat: 315 times 5
From: Gulfport, MS
Junior College: Gulf Coast CC
The following information was revealed during our interview with Tony Burks:
What have you improved on since high school? "I got stronger, and I got better at running my routes. They emphasis precise routes here. I am gaining the needed experience it takes to be an impact player on the college and hopefully the pro level."
What are you working on to make yourself a more complete player? "My routes, really. I am working on getting off the line without getting jammed. We started Spring practice a few days back. It has been going good. I also want to keep getting bigger."
How did your freshman season at MS Gulf Coast go? "It was a learning experience. It did not start off too good. We just ran and ran and ran. Then like in game 6, they decided to run a bunch of bootlegs and roll-outs and see if we could pass the ball. We had a big game offensively, and we started mixing it up after that. I mean, it was OK just running, as it helped me with my blocking skills. I had to look at it in a positive way. I just waited until they got me involved more in the offense. It was worth the wait. I should have a big year this upcoming season."
What were your stats for your freshman campaign? "I do not know how many catches I had, but I know I had over 500 yards receiving and 5 TD's."
Did you garner any awards? "I was named Best WR in our Region."
Which schools are currently showing you the most interest? "Arkansas just called yesterday. Oregon State made contact today, and Ole Miss has been calling and sending me a lot of letters."
Any offers? "Ole Miss is the only one that has just flat out said that I have an offer."
Where does Ole Miss now stand with you? "Right now, they are still at the top. The way things are going, I would still come there, but my mom told me not to make any early decisions, so I am going to wait. I still feel good about me going back up there though."
Have you had a chance to personally speak with the new Ole Miss staff? "Yes sir, I got all of their cell numbers. I have been talking to Coach Orgeron a lot. I have talked with their WR coach and Coach Luke some."
What are they telling you? "They just tell me how excited they are about me coming up there and being a valuable weapon in their offense. We talk about how my classes are going and things like that too."
What other schools are you looking at right now? "No schools in particular right now."
Florida State, Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State, and LSU were your other finalist coming out of high school; where do they stand? "I have not even been in contact with any of those schools since I signed with Ole Miss."
Have you had a chance to attend any games or practices this year? "I went up to a few of the Ole Miss games in the Fall. Last month, I went to a practice of Alabama's and Auburn's."
How was your visit to Auburn? "Nothing major. They run some things I can be a part of, but I was not too impressed with Auburn. It seemed like their coaches were afraid to talk to me. I did not really learn anything about Auburn except for they have nice facilities. I do know a couple of their players though."
How about Alabama? "It was much better. Their coaches are friendlier, much friendlier. They are a hard working team. They expect big things out of their upcoming season."
Are you going to take anymore future visits? "Nothing that I know of, not right now."
You have never had the chance to play in a passing offense; have you? "No, I have not."
Is that important to you? "I just want to show what I can do. It would feel great to know I could help the team. I would not be mad if they ran it a lot because I can block too, but I would be excited to play for a passing team."
What will be some other factors in your decision? "I just want to feel comfortable with the campus and the situation I am going into. I do not want to have any doubts. You know, I do not want someone to tell me they are going to pass the ball, and I end up in a running offense again. I have to trust in what they are telling me. I just want to make the right decision."
Where do you stand academically? "In December. I have been going to summer school. I am suppose to graduate in December and transfer in January."