Standout RB Wants To Commit Early

Charles Burnley, a 6-0, 175 pound running back from Valencia (Calif.) is one of the top players at his position on the West Coast. Burnley said he grew up a big USC fan but Washington has now taken over the top spot and a decision could come before the summer is over.

Burnley had a big junior season a year ago rushing for just over 2,000 yards and scored 29 touchdowns to earn All-League and All-CIF honors. He also caught 28 balls out of the backfield for 300 yards and returned four kickoffs for scores. Burnley is more quick than fast although he does have enough speed to hit the home run. He's very athletic and has a good burst. He's shifty, can make you miss and runs hard. He looks like more of an outside runner although he's not afraid to run between the tackles and is more powerful than he looks.

On the recruiting front, scholarship offers have come in from Oregon State and Washington and Washington State is close as well.

"The offers from Oregon State and Washington I have in writing," Burnley said. "Washington State said they want to offer me but I haven't seen anything from them yet. USC also said they could be offering me but again, I haven't seen it in writing yet."

Burnley said it's always been his dream to play for USC but right now, he's looking real hard at Washington.

"I want to commit early for sure," Burnley said. "I would like to have my decision out of the way before school starts and right now, it's looking like Washington. They need running backs and they have a really good program. I also like the coaching staff a lot.

"I would like to take an unofficial trip there with my parents later in the summer. I just have one summer school class to finish up and then I'll be fully qualified. USC has a lot of running backs and they also have Chauncey (Washington) committed. If USC doesn't offer me by the end of the summer, there's a good chance I'll go ahead and commit to Washington."

In addition to Washington and USC, Burnley said he also likes Oregon State, Washington State and Oregon. Academically, he's carrrying a 2.4 GPA and scored an 880 on the SAT.

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