July 16, 2007

Plano star starting to emerge as hot name

The state of Texas is known for producing large numbers of elite college football players year-in and year-out and it's beginning to look as if the 2009 class might be one of the deepest classes in regards to budding young superstars in recent memory.

With names like Chris Whaley, Christian Michael and Dexter Pratt leading the charge in online message board conversation, it's easy for some other very deserving players to get lost in the shuffle.

One such player is Plano Senior High running back Rex Burkhead. Despite only having completed his sophomore year in high school, many schools from around the state and country have taken notice of the 5-10, 185 pound athlete's potential and have started to open the lines of communication with him.

"I've been getting a lot of mail from different schools," Burkhead said. "North Texas, Texas A&M, Alabama, Oklahoma and Arkansas are probably sending me the most."

The talented junior-to-be has been busy with seven-on-seven tournaments and working out with his teammates all summer and hasn't had much time hit the camp circuit. Despite the busy schedule though, he was able to make it to one camp at North Texas and he says there might be one or two more visits in the works.

"I was going to go to the Todd Dodge camp but I ended up getting sick and couldn't compete. I did go up there just to say hello and everything though and I ended up getting an offer," Burkhead said. "I might end up going to the A&M camp and then the Alabama camp at the end of the month too."

Because the Plano star hasn't been able to visit many campuses this summer he says that he is not quite ready to create a list of favorites, but there is one school that he would be extremely interested in if they were to throw their name in the hat.

"Honestly I'm still pretty wide open but I can say that if Texas were to come calling I would be highly interested. I mean, who wouldn't want to go to UT?"

Burkhead finished his sophomore season with 1,030 yards rushing and was also named the running back MVP of the Underclassman Combine in Dallas this past March.

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