Packed in the back of his family’s Toyota Sienna with his 16-year-old sister, Whitney Burks, a top softball recruit, South County junior linebacker Oren Burks went on a winding tour of schools during his recent spring break.
After flying to Boston College with his father and then hopping a plane to N.C. State, Burks made stops at Duke, Liberty, Virginia Tech and West Virginia with his family to close out a road trip of possible college destinations.
“Me and my sister sat in the back seat and had the seats in the middle pulled up for leg room,” the 6-foot-4, 195-pound Burks said. “It was kind of tough to be in a small car for the amount of time.”
The latest in a line of Stallions linebackers to draw interest from Division I programs – All-Met brothers Ronny and Devin Vandyke both chose Virginia Tech – Burks has offers from Virginia Tech, Virginia, Maryland, Boston College Duke, N.C. State and West Virginia.
The offers all came after the linebacker turned in a standout junior season for one of the area’s most dominant defenses as South County captured its first-ever Virginia AAA Northern Region Division 5 title and advanced to the state final .
During the trip Burks stopped in on Boston College and Virginia Tech spring games and said he enjoyed the opportunity to meet coaches and academic advisors during most of his visits. He picked up an offer from Duke during the trip and spent time with Ronny Vandyke at the Virginia Tech spring game.
With the summer approaching, Burks said he has no clear favorites yet and is not sure when he’ll make his final choice.
“It’s a blessing really,” Burks said. “I never really thought I’d get to his point. Just got to stay humble and take it all in and make the best decision for me.”