Burnley switches leaders

Charles Burnley is a 6-0, 175-pound running back from Valencia, California, and early on in the recruiting process it looked like he was ready to shut it down. He had a school in mind, had an offer, and looked poised to pull the trigger. Things have since slowed down a little bit, and while that school is still in the front of his mind, a local college has replaced that school as his current leader.

"We got off to a rocky start, but we're 3-3 now," Burnley told Dawgman.com tonight about how his senior season is going so far. "There's still a chance we can win league, but we certainly aren't where we want to be right now." Play Burroughs Friday. "It's a must-win game for us if we have any shot at league."

Charles has rushed for approximately 700 and has scored 10 touchdowns for Valencia in the five games he's played in so far. He knows that while those are good numbers, it's going to take a bigger effort to show his team they have a chance to win the Foothill League championship. "Since I'm one of the seniors I need to take responsibility," he said. "Since I'm not the kind of player that will be too vocal about things, get guys pumped up with a speech, I need to be doing it by example. I need to be competitive and the rest of the guys will follow behind me."

Pac-10 schools continue to take notice of Burnley. Washington State, Washington, USC and OSU call every week. Bobby Kennedy is the coach that calls for the Huskies. "He just tells me that I'm a great player and that I should be a Husky," Charles said. Standing offers have been tendered by Washington, Washington State and Oregon State

Two official visit dates have been set up, with another in the works. "I'm going to Oregon State this weekend, Washington State November 9th and I'm also going to take a trip to Washington," Burnley said. "I don't have a date set up with them yet."

The Beavers take on the surging Cal Golden Bears this weekend. "I'm really excited about the trip but I don't like to fly," Charles said, candidly. "It's not my thing. You know me, I'm a running back - ground attack." (laughs)

Burnley also mentioned he watched the Washington-USC game on TV. "It was a pretty good game," he said. "I was hoping it was going to be closer and Washington would score more because I was really rooting for both teams."

The Huskies had been Burnley's school of choice for a while, but the Trojans just stepped up front. "I know that I was really into Washington earlier, but now I would have to say USC," he said. "I grew up a Trojan fan and I would love to stay close to home if I can, but if I need to go out of town to go to college I can do that too."

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