November 19, 2012
California running back high on Army
If there is one position that the Black Knights of Army have proven their ability recruit, it would be at running back.
As such and with the depth and pipeline of talent, the staff can exercise extreme diligence before extending an offer and that is what is taking place with one prospect.
Although, when you look at his running style and stats on the season, it is hard to believe that 5-foot-9, 214 pound running back Osirius Burke is still minus a college offer.
However, that may change soon for the prospect out of Lancaster (Calif.) Quartz Hill High School, who remains patient through the recruiting process.
"I don't have any offers yet, but I'm getting interest and looks from Fresno State, Army, Colorado, New Mexico State, University of Utah and San Jose," declares Burke, who shared that Army is a strong possibility.
"Andrew Guyader is recruiting me at Army. I spoke to Coach Guyader was about 3 weeks ago and asking me about how things were going with my class. I'm graduating early and he was checking up with that and congratulating me on my win over Redondo Union. It sounds like they are very interested in me."
And what is Burke's interest in the Black Knights? "My interest level .... well, for one, going to a school like West Point will help build a lot of character for me, and obviously anyone that goes to West Point will be highly celebrated," he states. "That's something that will definitely be a challenge in my life and if I'm able to overcome it, there will be great rewards. My interest in Army is high."
To date, Burke has not had any conversations with the Army staff relative to setting up an unofficial or official visit.
According to Burke,, his 2012 was beyond productive and hopefully his numbers and highlights will net him that one missing piece of the puzzle ... his first Division I college football offer. "Personally speaking, I think I did decent this year and I broke the 2,000 yard mark this year," notes Burke, who also registered 31 touchdowns on the season.
Quartz finished the regular season with a 11-3 record, but lost to Valencia in the first round of the playoffs, 42-7
In addition to football, Burke participates in track, with his best and favorite event being the 4x100m (11.2 split).
The speedy back is hoping that soon and very soon, his heart's desire will become reality. "My dreams are to go D1 and that's my highest priority, but right now I'm open to all colleges," says Burke who also hopes he finds a program that offers a solid engineering program as well. However, if push comes to shove, any college offer is better than none."
"I would like to major in mathematics and I want to go into mechanical engineering. So a school that has a good reputation when comes to engineering is important to me."
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