March 13, 2008

Burkhead liked Tech but in no hurry

There are few prospects in the state this year who are as versatile Plano standout Rex Burkhead. The 2009 prospect, who generally takes most of his snaps at tailback, is being told by college coaches that they would like him to play a variety of positions.

One such school, Texas Tech, was the recipient of an unofficial visit from the junior standout two weekends ago for their junior day.

"Oh, it was awesome," said Burkhead of his junior day trip. "I loved it. I loved the coaches, it was all just really great. I got to talk to all the coaches and see all the facilities and everything, and we had a really good time."

Burkhead, who made the trip with his dad, says there were several things that caught his eye.

"We got to see everything we wanted and got to talk to both Coach Littrell, who was my recruiting coach, and Coach Riley, who is now my new recruiting coach," said the athlete. "My dad really liked the strength and conditioning coaches. He liked the tall guy that was from somewhere in Russia or something. He thought he was pretty funny. My dad really liked what they had to say."

However, those weren't the only coaches the Burkhead's had the chance to meet.

"We also got to meet Coach Leach," he laughed. "They pulled us into his office when we got in there and he talked to us. Oh man, he's pretty funny. He had us laughing pretty hard. He's a really outgoing guy like you'd expect a head coach to be, but he's not really what you'd expect from a head coach. He seems like a great guy and he seemed like he'd be a great guy to play for."

Giving credence to his reputation as a versatile athlete, Burkhead says Tech wants to move him around in order to get the ball in his hands.

"When we went into Coach Riley's office, they talked to me about everything and let me know why they want me," he said. "They want me to play running back some and then also split out like they did with Wes Welker."

And Burkhead, who holds offers from LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Texas Tech, Kansas, Missouri, Louisville, Virginia, Stanford, and others, says that's alright with him.

"I'd like to do both," he said. "I'd like to have a chance to do a little at both slots, because I think that'd be a great opportunity. I mean, in that offense, you're going to get the ball whether you're in the slot or whether you're at running back, so it's a great situation."

However, despite the great time he had on his visit, Burkhead says he's still not planning on making a decision anytime soon.

"I'd still like to make a decision before the season starts if I can," he said. "I don't have any plans for this summer really, I just want to make sure I take my time and make sure that I make the right choice for me. I only want to do this once and since I'll have to live there for four years, it's really important."

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