April 16, 2008
Burkhead planning unofficial visits
The recruiting process is just getting cranked up for Plano, Texas athlete Rex Burkhead. The 5-foot-11 191-pounder has picked up offers from some of the top football programs in the country and now he is set to begin getting a closer look at some of his schools of interest.
The trips get going this weekend when Burkhead takes a visit to Nebraska for its spring game.
"I'm going to Nebraska this Saturday," Burkhead said. "I'm definitely excited. I heard it's already sold out so it should be pretty awesome. I called the coaches last week and they really wanted me to come up so my dad and I and one of my teammates from last year and his dad are all going up."
Burkhead will be looking for a few certain things on Saturday when he is Lincoln, but most of all he is just looking to have a good time.
"I'm going there to have fun of course," he said. "It's going to be awesome but I'm looking to see how the running back coach interacts with the running backs and how all the coaches interact with the players."
Burkhead who has the versatility to play defensive back, slot receiver or running back says that he is being recruited primarily as a running back by most of the schools that have offered him. He also said that there are several factors that he is looking for in a school.
"Really I guess what you want to look for is if they have great academics, if the atmosphere is something you want to be around and how the players interact," he said.
Beyond the Nebraska spring game, Burkhead has tentative plans to hit up at least one more campus before Spring Practices are in the books.
"I think I may try to go to Arkansas' Spring Game," he said. "I'm for sure going to the Nike Camp at TCU and the Arkansas game is later that night so I'm going to try to make it."
As far as the summer, the speedy athlete has yet to make any finalized plans.
"Me and my dad are going to sit down and really plan out the summer and take some more visits," he said. "Really I just want to improve my game all around, catching punts, and blocking, just trying to work on the little things that will help me get better."
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