Cougar LB target has past, present WSU ties

RECRUITING IS often filled with twists, shifts and changes over the course of a year. But for Victor Burnett, who holds double digit offers including a full ride from the Cougs, and is rated the No. 18 middle linebacker prospect in the nation with an eye-popping 182 tackles as a junior, he says Washington State is in it with him for the long haul.

Victor Burnett (6-0, 215), out of Culver City, Calif., has an offer sheet that lists Pac-10 schools aplenty plus others including Oklahoma and Tennessee. Washington State, he says, offers an established link to both past and present.

"The school has a history of recruiting Culver City players like Michael Bumpus and Karl Paymah. So I know it will be a home for me, if I decide to go there. They're always going to be in my picture," said Burnett.

CULVER CITY HIGH ALUMS on the current WSU roster include Aire Justin and Terrance Hayward, who have three and four more years of eligibility at Washington State, respectively.

"I talked to Aire about a week ago," said Burnett. "And Terrance, his little brother goes to my school so I talk to him all the time.

"I know I'll have a (WSU) home visit later on because they have two players I've played with. They're enjoying their time up there and I know I can go up there and immediately have a family-type environment -- I would have teammates that I already know."

BURNETT SAYS HE is still in the early stages of information gathering on schools and programs. He has one official visit scheduled to Washington, with OU and UT likely to get two others. The remaining two are to be determined, and likely during the season.

"I want to go to a school that is showing progression, that's one big thing," said Burnett. "I don't want a team that is going to be going downhill or standing on a flat line and not making any type of improvement. No. 2, just a team that is going to let me compete for a spot. I'd like a family type environment and at the same time, competitive."

BURNETT SAID while more school research remains, Washington State, Arizona State and UW are three schools who offer some of the better opportunities for early playing time.

Burnett, who hopes to take unofficial visits to ASU and Arizona before summer's end, said a verbal commitment is likely to come later rather than sooner.

"My timeline is really just when I feel good about it (but) I want to take all five of my officials...if a school fits me, then that's where I'll be the next 4-5 years," he said.

  • Burnett is a strong performer in the classroom and has achieved a qualifying SAT score.

  • Burnett racked up 182 tackles his junior campaign with 17 for loss, 10 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He was named first team All-Ocean league for the second straight year and in '08 was a first team All-CIF selection. His 182 sticks set the Culver City single-season tackles record.

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