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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
LB Burke planning unofficial visits

By Josh Moyer

Linebacker Tyler Burke knows it's time to start taking a closer look at colleges.

Two weeks ago, the prospect out of Coatesville, Pa., focused on basketball. He'd wake up at 8 a.m. Saturday for a shootaround, take a nap, play a game and then stay up late to catch up with coaches on Facebook or reporters on the phone. But since basketball ended last week, the stressed-out rising senior has started scheduling visits.

He'll take trips to Maryland and Rutgers next week -- but he's not so sure about Penn State anymore.

"I don't know the last time they contacted me," he said. "Maybe a month. I really haven't heard from them much, so I don't know what happened. I really don't know."

PSU linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden stopped by several of his games and practices in the fall, and he and Bill O'Brien also visited Burke's school. The 2014 recruit said last month he might have seen the longtime assistant about 10 times.

He was one of the few linebackers invited to Penn State's junior day, but he couldn't make it last month because of basketball. Burke said he might call Vanderlinden in the next few days because he'd still like to see the campus again and attend the Blue-White Game -- but he's not sure if he's welcome anymore.

"I'm still interested. But, as time keeps going, it's hard to keep them," he said, pausing for a moment. "I'll just always like Penn State. But, if I don't hear from them, it's hard to be interested."

He's receiving plenty of interest elsewhere, though. He holds nine offers, and Georgia Tech recently contacted him and planned to see him in the spring. Burke said he's hearing the most from Pittsburgh, Maryland, Rutgers and Boston College. And he just earned another offer from Syracuse this morning.

Ideally, Burke wants to stay somewhere close to home -- which is why PSU is an attractive choice -- so he plans to hit up local colleges in the spring and maybe travel to a few farther away schools, such as Boston College, in the summer.

"I'll try to get to as many as I can, just those who seem the most interested," he said.