RECRUITING: WSU verbal commit gaining notice

THE CHANNELVIEW FALCONS had a tough season in '04. Because <b>Marcus Burton</b> was an early verbal, and since he plies his wares in a state renowned for the depth of its football talent, he hasn't received a lot of media attention lately. That's not the case, however, in other circles.

Washington State verbal commit Marcus Burton told he is a solid verbal to the Cougs, but is also taking an official visit to Iowa State this weekend.

Other schools, including UCLA, have been calling the 6-1, 220-pound linebacker of late.

"I'm solid on Washington State but I'm taking a visit Friday to go to Iowa State," said Burton. Some other schools have been calling... But like I said, I'm pretty solid on Washington State."

The Channelview High standout is rated as the No. 2 linebacker in the Southwest by

CHANNELVIEW WAS a young team in a tough district this year. Two of the five teams in the league made the playoffs and one is the defending state champion. Burton still turned heads.

"I feel like I played really good. It wasn't good enough to help the team get to the playoffs but I felt like I played well."

Burton moved to middle linebacker from defensive end in '04. He dedicated himself to the gym, remaking his body into a faster, stronger machine to better man the inside. He also found his time in the trenches translated well to the linebacker spot.

"At defensive end, I was active with a lot of linemen so I was able to use some of the techniques as far as dealing with linemen, fighting off blocks. I dropped some weight so I was able to move around a little bit more. I had to drop down to get some more speed because (in the middle) I was going to be making a lot more plays."

Channelview's defensive scheme allowed Burton to really roam this year, to patrol the field sideline to sideline. He wanted his coach, John Launius, to relay his final regular season stats but both he and CF.C were unable to reach him by press time. He did mention that his numbers were solid.

"I feel like I have put up (as good of) numbers as any other linebacker in Texas did," said Burton.

Relentless in pursuit, Burton comes across in an interview as a modest, team-oriented athlete who isn't all that eager to trumpet his own horn. But it's clear he possesses the intangibles coaches look for in a player -- both on the field and off.

On the gridiron, he's a hard-nosed football player who goes full out, whistle to whistle.

"Anything that I'm on, I always try to be a leader. I have a motor that never stops and I just play hard every play."

HAD CHANNELVIEW (1-9) put together a better record this year, Burton undoubtedly would have received more ink.

On the other hand, he's a three-star linebacker still being recruited by schools despite his October verbal to WSU.

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