Competitive Beavs spark sought LB's interest

ONE RECRUIT WHO is decidedly on the radar of Oregon State and several other schools, he holds double digit offers, is a linebacker prospect who racked up a ridiculous 182 tackles as a junior. While competition for him is fierce in recruiting circles, Oregon State's achievements in recent years have sparked his interest, he says.

"Oregon State they are to me one of the big competitors in the Pac-10. Two out of three years, they've beaten USC," said Victor Burnett (6-0, 215).

The Beavs have been picked to finish in the lower half of the Pac-10 the past three years but have instead ended each season ranked in the Top 25, something Burnett says he's noticed.

"They're constantly coming back with power," said Burnett. "And with the running back they have now, he was only a freshman last year so think what he'll do the next three years.

"And their defense, it's always good. They're one of the most underrated defenses in the Pac-10 at times, they might not get as much notoriety as USC's defense but if you look at them, they're in the top categories a lot. They're a team I'd like to keep looking into."

BURNETT, WHO SAID distance won't be much of a factor, said Oregon State and others are enamored with what he does off the field as well.

"In my school, I just won the election for student body council president and that has been big with every coach. They've said that that shows leadership," said Burnett.

BURNETT SAID HE expects his decision to come later rather than sooner. He plans on a camp day at USC later this month and has visited unofficially UCLA, USC and San Diego State. Additional unofficial trips outside the state, because of schedule and the economy, are probably unlikely.

"I'm going to take all five of my (official) trips..I don't really have a certain time frame decision wise, I just want to feel right about a school and take it step by step," said Burnett.

BURNETT'S HAS BEEN offered by West Virginia, Nebraska and Oklahoma while among the Pac-10, his he has rides from Cal, both Arizona schools and Washington State.

"Washington State is a school that I'm considering. They've had numerous people from my high school succeed at Washington State, like Karl Paymah and Michael Bumpus. There are two current players that I played with at Washington State right now, too," said Burnett.

Cougars Terrance Hayward and Tyrone Justin are both formerly of Culver City High.

"I talk to them all the time...and every time Terrance is out here I see him. Me and him are pretty tight. And every time Tyrone Justin is out here he works out with the team so I'm with him out on the track and what not," said Burnett.

BURNETT SAYS he has no leaders. Oregon State just recently offered Burnett, while Oklahoma is a school that has made a strong early impression along with Washington State.

"Coach (Steve) Broussard is the one who's recruiting me but I talk to coach (Paul) Wulff, and coach Broussard, a lot," said Burnett.

"The reason I'm interested in Washington would be an easy transition for me from high school to college there because of the players there that I've played with already. They could help me take that next step. And I want a family type of team and that would help, they would be there to show me the ropes."

Victor Burnett profile

  • Burnett is also a strong performer in the classroom and has achieved a qualifying SAT score.

  • As a junior, Burnett racked up 182 tackles with 17 for loss, including 10 sacks along with two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He was named first team All-Ocean league for the second straight year and was in '08 a first team All-CIF selection. His 182 sticks set the Culver City single-season tackles record.

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