Burgess looking to take trips

If I were a betting man, I would wager that Edwards (Calif.) Desert athlete Rudy Burgess ends up playing college football in the Pacific Northwest. After listening to what the 5-10, 175-pound Burgess had to say lately about his scholarship offers and where he wants to visit, I'd say it should be a slam dunk. Now the only question is...where in the Northwest?

"I've just been lifting a lot," Burgess told Dawgman.com. "We had a strength and fitness camp at our school to improve our speed and vertical jump." Rudy currently runs a 4.5 but is hoping the camp enabled him to drop a tenth off that time. During the summer, Burgess went to UCLA's three-day camp. "It was fun. We got to meet some of the coaches and work with them. I was able to show them my talent."

However, the Bruins weren't among the schools that called on September 1st, the first day college coaches are allowed to renew contact with prospective recruits. "Washington, Washington State, Fresno State, Oregon and Oregon State," Rudy said, listing off the schools that called that day. "I've been trying to get to get in touch with UCLA but it's tough to get in touch with them because they are in and out of the office all the time."

Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State and Arizona State were the calls that stood out, according to Burgess. "Coach (Chuck) Heater a couple of days ago," Rudy said. "He said that he's excited for this season and that he can't wait for me to come out on my official visit and go to a game and meet some of the coaching staff. He said he would love to have me as part of their offense next year."

It sounds like Burgess wants to take his visits during the football season, so he's working out the logistics. "I'm in the process of that," he said. "I'm trying to work around our game schedule because I can only visit on Saturdays and we have games on Fridays. I have Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State right now in mind."

All the Northwest schools have offered Rudy, as well as the Arizona State Sun Devils. And favorites? "Right now they are all kind of equal," Burgess said.

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