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Burton a wanted man

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Four-star rated Rivals250 defensive end Derek Burton is keeping things on the calm side in Muskogee (Okla.) while his recruitment gets hectic.
The crazy thing has been his sky rocketing amount of offers that includes Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Tulsa and Texas Tech. Though no new offers have reached his door lately, it could only be a matter of time before he's counting them out again.
"You know it gets heavier everyday," Burton said. "No new ones, but the letters just keep coming in to sell their program."
The in-state schools, especially Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are his current top two and it doesn't look like their going to move from that spot any time soon.
"I'd have to say that they are probably higher up on the list," Burton said. "I like OU because of their wining records and tradition. My dad played for OSU so I've been a Cowboy fan all my life."
"Tulsa is in there too because they've got a good academic situation there."
As for when he decides, that is a road he has yet to cross.
"I have no idea on any of that right now," Burton said. "I don't plan to make a decision until I take some of my trips. Luckily, there is no basketball for me this year so I'll plenty of time to get all five of those in before I make a commitment."
Oklahoma State was the only camp stop he made this summer. After the camp, the heat turned up from the in-state school.
"I got like 10 letters from them after that camp," Burton said. "They were just all sorts of excited about me when I came by and worked out."
Even though Burton is rated the No. 3 overall prospect in the state of Oklahoma by Rivals.com and a member of the top 250 players in the country, the 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive lineman doesn't follow the recruiting process that much.
Frankly, he's only worried about what he's got going on.
"I don't think it's that big of a deal for me," he said. "I don't pay attention to who all each school has offered because I just worry about who has offered me."
Though no dates have been set up, two visits are locked in as of now.
"I'm sure OU and OSU will be two of my official visits," he said. "Other than that, I'm only sure of the fact that I'm taking all the ones I can. It's not that I won't leave the state because there is always a possibility."
"When you see schools like Oklahoma State and Oklahoma right here at home, offering you, it's hard to ignore."
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