Recruit Profile: OL Javario Burkes

If offers are any indication of the talent a player possesses, then look for Moon Valley (AZ) H.S. offensive tackle Javario Burkes to make his name known. The list of offers he holds are almost as large as the player himself, holding offers from many of the top programs from coast to coast.

"I think I'm up to 20 or 21 offers right now. The newest one is Michigan, they offered me this past weekend."

With all of the offers and attention Burkes has been receiving, he has taking a relatively laid back approach to the process so far.

"Honestly, I haven?t really thought about it much. I'm open to anywhere right now, and distance won't play a factor."

Although Burkes has not given recruiting much thought, he has set aside a few things he is looking for in the school he chooses.

"One of the main things I will look at in a team is the offense they run. I will also look at their coaching staff and the type of program they have."

When speaking of top programs over the last few years, USC is one of the first schools that comes to mind. So where does USC stand with the mammoth prospect?

"They've (USC) called my coaches a few times about me, but I haven't really talked to the coaches. If they did offer, they would be at a top position in my list."

When asked what stood out about USC, he responded.

"They're just a great football program. And for the past few years they've been unstoppable."

When evaluating a prospect who stands at 6'6, 320 lbs., athleticism usually is not the first thing that comes to mind. But in the case of Javario Burkes, that is exactly where most are fooled.

"Most guys at my position are just big guys out there playing. I suprise people with my athleticism, because I also play basketball. I also have long arms and quick feet, so pass pro comes natural to me. On my basketball team, I averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds a game during the year."

Most players who accumulate multiple offers decline to attend camps, figuring that they can only hurt their stock. But Burkes is intent of proving himself worthy of the attention he is receiving.

"I know I'm going to the Nike Combine at USC on April 15. And our team holds a camp every year at Fresno State, so I'll be there."

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