Burnley already down to two?

A running back Husky fans would do well to keep an eye on is Charles Burnley from Valencia, California. Having polished off his junior season with over 2000 yards rushing, 29 TDs, 28 receptions for over 300 yards, and four kickoffs returned for touchdowns, Burnley, at 6-0 and 175 pounds has the versatility to make plays all over the field. Charles gave us a minute, described his playing style, and his interest in the University of Washington.

A self-described "slasher" in the Warrick Dunn mold, Burnley was named All-CIF Southern, All League, and League Back of the Year. And while running back is Burnley's preferred position (and the one most schools are recruiting him for) he'll be playing some defensive back for Valencia this year as well.

Additionally, Burnley is a blur around the track, running the 200 in 21.8 seconds and 49.9 seconds in the 400. Not surprisingly, coaches have taken notice of Burnley's exploits, as evidenced by the interest from schools like Oregon, Fresno State, and Washington State. But the back from Valencia with the sought-after "vision and quickness through the hole" has two schools at the top of his list.

"The Huskies are showing me the most love so far," Burnley remarked. "I just like the program. They're a dominating team." Burnley's other favorite is USC. The Huskies have offered in writing, and while his interest in the Dawgs is high, he's content to wait for an offer from Troy before making a decision--something he'd like to take care of by mid- to late-season.

Bobby Kennedy is recruiting Charles, and he plans on taking an unofficial visit to Seattle later this summer to check out the area, and possibly make the trip to the Palouse to check out Washington State. By then, he figures to know where he stands with USC.

It seems his schools of choice lie at opposite ends of the West Coast, and in the end it's going to be one of two schools that garners Burnley's backfield services. "I'm pretty sure it's going to come down to (Washington and USC)," he said. "I'm just going to have to make a hard decision." Burnley's "childhood favorites" will surely be keeping a close eye on his performance this fall for Valencia.

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