Burks Is On Bruins Watch List

Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison defensive end Charles Burks, one of the better pass rushers in Southern California's 2011 class, has interest in the Pac-10 and specifically UCLA...

Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison defensive end Charles Burks was a big reason the Chargers made it to the CIF-SS Pac-5 finals, and enjoyed an unbeaten regular season.

The 6-1, 230-pound Burks is now seeing his junior season pay off with heavy recruiting attention, including his first offer, which came from Stanford.

"The offer from Stanford was a huge relief and I was really excited to get it," said Burks, who was offered at Stanford's Junior Day. "I thought I was just going to go up there and get a feel for the school, I didn't know that they would be offering me. I talked with Coach Randy Hart, Coach Chester McGlockton, Coach Tim Drevno and Coach Jim Harbaugh as well. I got a chance to interact with them, and they're all really good people."

Burks played with his hand down last season, but could play linebacker in college.

"They want me to play rush OLB for their 3-4 defense. I'd be able to rush the ball 70% time and drop back a little too," said Burks

That is fine with Burks, who made a name for himself rushing the passer last year, with 14 sacks for the Chargers.

More schools are showing interest in him, including several from the Pac-10.

"My coach has heard from Arizona State and then Oregon State, and called the coaches from Kansas," said Burks. "I also like Ohio State, UCLA and USC. My family is all big UCLA and USC fans, plus they're all local."

Burks was also invited to Michigan's Junior Day and Night of Champions, which he had plans to attend.

While it's still early in the process, Burks said Stanford does have an edge, but a decision isn't imminent.

"Right now, I'm very interested in Stanford, but I don't want to make my decision too soon," said Burks. "I want to wait and see if anything else develops, so I don't want to rush it and commit. I have no idea when I'll decide."

Academically, Burks is in solid shape, with a 3.6 GPA and scored a 1650 on the SAT with plans to take it again later in the spring, along with the ACT.

During the 2009 season, Burks had 52 tackles and 14 sacks in 10 games for Edison and was named All-League Defense, All-Orange County Defense, All-CIF Defense and Sunset League Defensive Lineman of the Year.

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