RECRUITING '07: OSU coaches journey for Miles

THE SACRAMENTO AREA has long been a proving ground for D-I prospects and paths in and out of the area high schools are well worn by college recruiters. But gems are still unearthed there, and one from Granite Bay High is on the Oregon State radar. The Beavers were down at Granite Bay recently, checking in with the prep coach of Miles Burris, a behemoth of a defensive end with a long first step.

Oregon State is in early on Burris, a player some see at linebacker but the Beavs like him at defensive end.

"I talked with coach Gilstrap earlier," said Burris. "It went pretty good. He said they were interested and the whole coaching staff was watching my film. He said he was going to keep in contact with me regularly."

Burris has one offer in his back pocket already, from San Diego State. Along with OSU, also showing interest are Arizona, Cal, UCLA, Nevada-Reno, Boise State, Nebraska, Fresno State, Colorado and others.

BURRIS ALREADY goes 6-2.5 and 248 pounds. His bench max is an impressive 430 pounds. At the NIKE combine at Stanford, Burris put up 35 reps with 185 on the bar.

"I usually get 40 reps (at 185) but I only put up 35 that day," said Burris.

Burris regularly covers the distance in the 4.7 range at Granite Bay, but at Stanford he was about three tenths of a second slower. His group was the last to run and the starting point was more dirt than grass by that time.

"Every time on my first step my foot slipped from under me, but I'll do better next time" said Burris.

Burris did, however, have some pretty good showcases in the one-on-ones.

"I did pretty well in the drills but I could have done better in some of the testing."

DISTANCE WILL LIKELY play a factor in his decision and he said he'd prefer to stay in the Pac-10 but Burris also said he's not closing any doors and remains interested in all schools.

As a junior, Burris racked up 90 tackles and three sacks, with two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

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