Burnett Gets Pac-10 Interest

One of the top 20 middle linebackers in the nation, Victor Burnett from Culver City, Calif., has three scholarship offers, but hopes to get more since he just recently sent out his highlight reel...

Culver City (Calif.) linebacker Victor Burnett (6-1, 225) is one of the top 20 middle linebackers in the country as ranked by Scout.com, and three schools have already extended scholarship offers to the active ‘backer.

"Arizona and San Diego State were the first two schools to offer me," said Burnett. "I received my third offer from Arizona State."

Burnett's film is starting to make its rounds, and he's confident that more schools will be getting involved.

"Oregon, Nebraska and UCLA, and a couple of other schools like USC and California, are who I'm hearing from," said Burnett. "I had just recently just sent off my tapes to those schools. But I really believe there will be more offers before spring."

Burnett's list of top six schools is heavy on Pac-10 programs.

"My top schools are Arizona, UCLA, Oregon, USC, Cal and Arizona State," said Burnett. "Right now, I don't really have a favorite school."

The two Los Angeles schools have made a big impression on the SoCal native.

"My childhood favorite was always USC but I played with (UCLA receiver) Antwon Moutra when I was a sophomore and he was a senior, so I like UCLA a lot, too," said Burnett. "I've attended two of USC's practices and one of UCLA's practices so far. Coach (Ken) Norton is recruiting me for USC and Coach (Reggie) Moore is recruiting me for UCLA. They both said the same thing, be patient. I just gave them my film last week."

Burnett's first offer came from Arizona, coming before the season, which he greeted warmly.

"It actually did surprise me, because it came before Christmas, so I was really relieved to get that first offer," said Burnett. "Then Coach (Tony) White at San Diego State offered me and I'm going down there for their spring practice."

Burnett said most schools ssay they project him as playing inside, but that he's not opposed to moving outside. "I like inside and play inside but I think I could play both," said Burnett. "I'm just more experienced on the inside."

Burnett said he's wide open on where he wants to go, but prefers the West Coast.

"I'm just looking for a good school but the Pac-10 is looking like the best to me because I'm used to that style of play," said Burnett. "I'm looking at important things too like: are they strong in the educational field, which is what I want to major in. How good is the coaching staff and the atmosphere of the campus. I want to be comfortable wherever I go. My mom just wants me to be happy. My father, too."

Burnett said he won't be making a decision any time soon. "I want to take all my visits before I commit," said Burnett.

Burnett will be at the Nike Camp this weekend, the Scout.com Combine next month and USC's Rising Stars Camp.

During the 2008 season, Burnett had 182 tackles, 17 for loss, 10 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. His tackles set a school record.

Academically, he has a 3.1 GPA and will take the SAT and ACT this spring.

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