I got a call today from Mansfield (Texas) Timberview wide receiver Aaron Burks, the latest of Boise State's verbal commitments for the Class of 2009.
Sounds like Aaron — that is how he spells his name, contrary to some other reports — is a late bloomer on the football field and has a chance to be a real sleeper for the Broncos.
How under the radar was Burks?
He was not listed on Scout.com or Rivals.com — the leading sources of recruiting information — until the Statesman broke news of his verbal commitment.
Burks, who said he is 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, did not play football until his sophomore year and did not attend the summer camps that are so critical to football recruiting because he was focused on basketball.
"It was my first love," Burks said of basketball.
But Burks said he quit basketball midway through his junior season to concentrate on football and track, where he runs the 400-meter dash and is a member of the 4x400 relay team.
Burks, who took an unofficial visit to Boise last weekend and committed last Friday, said he always wanted to attend Boise State, but didn't think he would get an offer from the Broncos.
Who would have offered a player with just seven receptions as a junior?
But Timberview had a run-heavy offense with a lot of option and not much opportunity for wide receivers last season, Burks said. A new offensive coordinator has changed that, he added.
"I'm really looking forward to it," Burks said of the new offense. "Spring was much better."
And that's when teams, including the Broncos, got a good look at him. Burks said Army was the only other school to offer him, but that he received calls from Tulsa, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Penn State, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Burks said his height and his hands are his best attributes.
"Football has always come natural to me," he said.