April 11, 2008

Texas ATH plans Ole Miss visit

Plano, Texas athlete Rex Burkhead is yet to be rated by Rivals.com, but he has amassed an impressive list of offers that make him one of the more coveted prospects in the south.

Burkhead, 5-foot-11, 191 pounds with 4.5 speed in the 40 yard dash, picked up another offer this week - this one from Arkansas. He already claims offers from Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, California, Kansas, LSU, Louisville, Minnesota, Nebraska, Stanford, Texas Tech, and TCU.

His statistics as a junior go a long way in explaining the mass of offers; he had more than 1,700 yards rushing the football on only 304 carries and caught 47 passes for another 500 yards.

"Recruiting is going really well", Burkhead said this week."I'm getting some offers here and there and getting a lot of mail."

One of the first schools to offer Burkhead was Ole Miss.

"I definitely have an interest in Ole Miss," Burkhead said. "I've followed them, they are a great program and have had great teams and they always compete well with the top programs."

Burkhead has attended junior day at Texas and Texas Tech, and plans on attending the Nike Camp at TCU. He currently doesn't have any senior camps planned, but does plan to take some official visits this summer.

"I'm definitely going to Ole Miss," he said. "I just have to work out the plan with my Dad."

"I'd like to narrow my list down by the end of the spring," Burkhead said. "But if it needs to take longer, that's fine as well."

Burkhead said he'd like to commit to a school before the season starts to avoid distractions, but will take longer if necessary.

while Burkhead's list is impressive, there are a couple of notable schools that have yet to offer.

"I guess you could say that it's always a big deal when Texas or OU (Oklahoma) offers," he said. "If they offer and that's where I want to go, that's where I'll end up."

Burkhead began his career playing fullback as a freshman, but was pressed into action to play safety. As a sophomore, he played running back, but was shifted to quarterback in the fourth game of the season and remained there through the year. Last seaso, he played running back on a team that went 13-2, losing in the state semifinals in two overtime periods.

Burkhead is open to playing any position in college. He thinks he'll best fit in as a running back or in some splilt end or flanker position. If offense doesn't work out, he sees himself as a safety.

He says he's very familiar with how Rebel head coach Houston Nutt used Peyton Hillis at Arkansas the last three seasons and could see himself in a similar role.

Burkhead is also familiar with fellow Texan Jevan Snead, who played a year for Texas before transferring to Ole Miss.

"My high school played his high school in a passing contest a few years back," Burkhead said. "He really lighted us up."

Burkhead was headed into the ninth grade at the time.

Burkhead has an impressive 3.7 GPA and will take the ACT for the first time on Saturday.

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