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Burcham shines on national stage

MALIBU, Calif. - Neal Burcham only has an offer from Central Arkansas and here he is at the Elite 11 not only holding his own but at times the Greenbrier, Ark., prospect has been one of the better quarterbacks at the event.
The 6-foot-3, 175-pound prospect said he's honored to be playing with so many high-profile quarterbacks and on such a big stage but he's not out here to be star struck. Burcham wants to prove he belongs and that could help him land more offers.
"It's an honor definitely being out here with such prestigious guys but it's motivation, too," Burcham said.
"I see guys out here making throws and I can make the same throws. It's motivation to keep working and knowing I have a long way to go but I'm confident because I can throw with all the guys here. It's exciting and it's a lot of fun."
Unranked by Rivals.com, Burcham threw for 3,409 yards with 35 touchdowns and seven interceptions in his junior season. There were times when Burcham was outshining even the highest-rated recruits at the Elite 11 and has proven that he is definitely a Division I quarterback.
Doing so well at the Elite 11 should help his recruitment heading into his senior season. So far, Burcham has been receiving interest from Alabama, Arkansas and Missouri but more schools could be coming soon.
"It's going to help a lot," Burcham said. "I've been talking about coming up here with a chip on my shoulder because I only have one offer but if I can finish out strong it's going to do a lot for me.
"I have a chip on my shoulder and it's definitely a lot of motivation. I want to come out here and prove myself. I wanted to be focused on every play so that way people will know about me.
"I wanted to come out here and just play and let things work themselves out. It's going to work itself out. I wanted to come out here and do my best."