Syracuse continues to look for linebacker depth in their 2014 class as a new offer went out on Tuesday. Three star linebacker Tyler Burke out of Coatesville Area High (PA) was the recipient of the new offer.
"I guess they called my coach up last night," Burke explained. "It was the o-line coach (Pat Perles) who left a message for me to call him. I called him this morning, I talked to him and then he passed the phone onto the d-coordinator (Chuck Bullough). I also talked to the linebackers coach (Clark Lea) and the head coach (Scott Shafer). Those were the four coaches I talked to.
"They were really interested. Anytime you talk to a school's head coach that usually means they're pretty interested. I'm pretty sure they want me at linebacker at one of the positions. They said at Syracuse they play the best three. They told me about the academics, the school they have there, and the program. I'm pretty sure they have a new coaching staff. That's what they said."
Burke was happy to get the new offer, though slightly surprised. He says it's always a good feeling when he receives an offer and knows it's not something everyone has the opportunity to experience.
"It's always great," Burke admitted. "It's a fun time in the recruiting process right now. It's an excellent feeling. Most teenagers don't get offered by colleges so it's an awesome feeling. I'm keeping all options open right now. They asked me what my interest level is and I told them the same as any other school, because I don't want to rule anybody out yet. I'm just keeping all my options open."
Burke is still in the process of getting to know Syracuse. However, he knows more about the program than he initially thought.
"I don't really know too much," Burke claimed. "I know they're a big basketball school because of the NCAA bracket. I know a kid from Malvern Prep went there. The quarterback Ryan Nassib, he was from Malvern Prep which is like twenty minutes away from my house. I know they have a cool stadium with that dome. I know they have good academics. That's really it."
Now that he holds an offer from the Orange, he will attempt to take a trip to the hill. The visit would help Burke decide if Syracuse is the place for him.
"Yeah, I'm going to try and visit," the 3-star linebacker said. "I was trying to plan visits with the offers I had and then this came in. So I'm just going to sit down again and figure that all out. They said whenever I could they'd like me to visit. They said they have a new coaching staff and they're a little late on offers. They kind of apologized, I mean not really apologized but just said they were late in the process because of the new coaching staff and everything.
"I just want a school where I feel at home since I'm going to be away from my family. That's the most important thing to me."