July 23, 2008

Burke ready to commit if given opportunity?

Payson (Ariz.) Payson defensive end Bryan Burke is probably one of the members of Rivals.com Arizona Preseason Top 30 you have heard the least about. If he has his way, that will be changing real soon as Burke positions himself for a big senior season in hope of garnering multiple offers.

"Recruiting is going well overall," Burke said. "I have been keeping in touch with several schools. I have been hearing the most from ASU, Colorado, Georgia Tech, NAU, Oregon State and UNLV."

Burke camped at Arizona State, Colorado, Northern Arizona, Oregon State and UNLV. Now he turns his focus towards his senior season in the hopes of bringing a championship to Payson.

"Lately I have been working out a lot and running with my team," Burke said. "Our high school team camp starts this week. We will have a real solid team. We have almost all of our starters returning. We pretty much have a senior loaded team, which you don't see very often in 3A. My only goal is to win the state championship. All of the personal stuff will fall into place when that happens."

The 6-foot-4 230 pounder has impressed coaches with his production and style of play.

"I like to think that I hit pretty hard, I am aggressive and quick off the ball," Burke said.

Two programs really stand out to the talented defensive end at this time.

"I have always been a (Sun) Devils fan," Burke said. "Coach Stretz, the D-line coach, is recruiting me. When I was down for the Maroon and Gold camp I really got along well with him and the rest of the coaches. They all knew what they were doing and seemed very down to earth. If ASU offered I would probably commit, I think I would jump on that. I would feel like a little kid in a candy store if that happened."

Oregon State is the other program that stands out. Burke has family in the Corvallis area and came away impressed with the campus when he attended camp there.

"Oregon State was a good camp and I think that I did pretty good up there," Burke said. "It's a beautiful campus and they've got a really good program."

Burke is keeping his options open as his senior season approaches.

"I am still unsure of what schools I would want to visit," Burke said. "I know I want to major in Sports Management. When I do go on visits I want to see a good football program that faces good competition. I want to go somewhere that would be able to give me a chance to start one day."

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