Keep your eye on 2011 defensive end Charles Burks (6-1, 230, 4.7) from Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison. He is a cornerbacks' best friend and quarterback's worse nightmare because of the tremendous pressure he gets off the edge. When he's not getting the attention of quarterbacks, Burks is getting the attention from opposing coaches as he was a highly honored player his junior season.
Burks accounted for 52 tackles and 14 sacks in only 10 games. This performance saw him earn Defensive Lineman of the Year, first-team all-league, first-team all-county and all-CIF SS for the Pac-5 Division.
There is a pretty good reason why Burks loves to make life miserable for quarterbacks.
"Sacking quarterbacks is my favorite thing in the world," Burks said. "A couple times they tried to step up in the pocket on me, but when you have a linebacker like Jordan Zumwalt, they back me up."
The talented speed defensive end is already getting recruiting attention from Stanford and Michigan.
"Stanford came by and grabbed my transcripts and said hello," Burks said. "I've also be been invited to attend Michigan's camp.
The Cardinal liked what they saw as Burks will be attending Stanford's Junior Day on February 26th.
What is Burks looking for in a college?
"Of course, football, but other than that, academics," Burks said. "I will be looking at the types of majors that they have. I am very academically sound so I am looking for to that challenge when I choose a college.
"Location will another consideration," Burks said. "I will also be looking for a college that has a good college atmosphere. I want to get the full experience and have fun playing football.
Did Burks have a favorite college team growing up"
"All of my family are big USC and UCLA fans, but I like Ohio State Buckeyes a lot," Burks said. "I would really like to hear from the Buckeyes. I love Ohio State.
"I was able to go there last summer for a wrestling camp," Burks said. "I was able to runs some stairs at the Horseshoe and that was pretty cool."
The athletic Burks has been a varsity wrestler since his freshman year, but he had to take his junior season off because of a leg injury that he suffered in the first round of the playoffs, but he will be back his senior year.
As a freshman, Burks won league and he repeated that feat as a sophomore, while also placing in CIF, making it to masters and he was one round from going to the state meet. In the sophomore state competition, Burks took fifth place.
The scouting report on Burks as a football player is he's a hard worker who goes 110 percent at all time. He always gives you his maximum effort. As has already been mentioned, Burks has a healthy dislike for quarterbacks which drives him to put heat on signal callers and makes him tough against the pass.
A known worker, Burks puts in a lot of extra work in the offseason because he's aware this is the time that he gains speed and strength therefore an advantage on Friday Night.
Burks is also a good teammate who has leadership skills, who stays on his teammates to keep the effort up. In the weight room, Burks has a current bench of 315 and he squats 425. He has also recorded 32-inch vertical.
Burks is also a solid student who carries a 3.4 GPA and has already taken his SAT and is waiting for the results. He will be taking his ACT on February 6th.