No Runnin' Home

"I didn't grow up watching football which is why there isn't a favorite or a leader at this point," said massive Arizona offensive tackle Jaivorio Burkes. "All the schools say they want me play tackle. They all want me to commit. So why not take my time, look at all the schools and then decide?..."

Scout.com's No. 10-ranked offensive tackle Jaivorio Burkes (6-6, 312, 5.4), from Phoenix Moon Valley (Ariz.), denies a favorite from among Nebraska, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon and Arizona State. All have offered.

"I took my official visit to Michigan on November 4. I had a pretty good time," Burkes said. "All the players were friendly and Coach Ron English (defensive coordinator/safeties) has been there every step of the way. He is constantly communicating with me. We talk every week. There is a possibility that I can play early for the Wolverines. That would be the upside to going to Michigan. The downside would be the distance. I couldn't just run home to mom. It was a shock how far away I'd be from home. The distance isn't a deal breaker—it doesn't even really matter. It just hits you when you're at the school.

"On November 10, I took my official visit to Oklahoma. I had fun. The hospitality was great. The Sooners' unity caught my eye. All the players are friends and hang out together. I thought that was pretty cool.

"I visited Arizona State on November 18. They're not my top pick or my favorite. I have to keep them on the list," said the four-star prospect. "I have to have some loyalty to Arizona (the state). Since their Coach (Dirk Koetter) got fired, it makes it really hard to want to seriously consider playing with the Sun Devils. I have time--we'll see what happens.

"Nebraska was out of control. I took my official visit on November 24. Coach Bill Bush (safeties/special teams coordinator) just hopes I commit. The fans were the most impressive. Nebraska has been sold out for 280 games—90,000 fans at each game. That's pretty awesome. The crowd was shouting my name as I walked onto the field. Their facilities are top notch and the weight room is brand new. It's amazing. I can't even describe it.

"I haven't been to Oregon," Burkes said. "I plan on taking an official visit after I'm done playing basketball. I have friends and family that live in Oregon. They say the college is nice and that Oregon is a beautiful place to live. I'm not making any decisions until I take this visit. I'll decide where I want to go after I visit the Ducks. I really just want to give every school a chance.

"I'm totally focused on basketball right now. I play center and power forward. I'm not being recruited for basketball but it does take up all my time. Just like when I play football. Once basketball season is over I can focus on my last visit and on making a decision.

"I didn't grow up watching football which is why there isn't a favorite or a leader at this point," he said. "All the schools say they want me play tackle. They all want me to commit. So why not take my time, look at all the schools and then decide?

"My parents don't have a preference. When it comes to football I turn to my coach for advice. He says the decision has to feel right. I'm just taking my time," Burkes said.

Burkes reports a 2.4 core GPA and claims to be awaiting his October SAT score.

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