Channelview linebacker Marcus Burton has trimmed down his physique and is trimming down his prospective college favorites. So much so, that he could be committed as early as next weekend.
“Marcus is a wrecking machine and his body is so different this year,” Channelview coach John Lanius said. “He doesn’t look the same, and he’s been able to move to middle linebacker from defensive end. He’s gotten so much stronger and faster than a year ago.”
“One of his relatives owns a gym and he really worked hard this summer. He had some NFL scouts work him out this summer and they were really impressed.”
While schools are drooling over the new and improved Burton (6-1, 225-pounds), some offered in the spring including Oklahoma State, TCU, SMU, Missouri, Houston, Duke and Washington State to name a few.
But one that hasn’t offered has his undivided attention.
“I am going to Oklahoma next weekend (September 10th), and if they offer – I’m committing,” Burton said. “I like the coaches and the defense just fits me. It’s a great fit for me.”
If the Sooners don’t offer, Burton’s current favorites are Oklahoma State, UCLA, Washington State, Missouri, Arkansas and Houston.
Channelview has a pair of receivers that will be receiving attention this fall in Travis Jones (6-2, 170-pounds) and Johnny Knox (6-0, 170-pounds), who could match the success of Lamar’s tandem of Brandon LaFell and Quincy Driver.
“We played seven-on-seven this summer and they gave LaMarque’s Clarence Ward and Korey Mangum all they wanted,” Lanius says. “We will depend on him a lot this season because our defense is built around throwing the ball.”