Edison LB/DE Charles Burks committed to the USC Trojans tonight after getting a call from Ed Orgeron with an official offer from the Men of Troy.
The talented prospect previously had a conditional offer, which stated he needed to enroll early, but on Monday it became an official offer, and Burks jumped on the opportunity to be a Trojan.
“Tonight I got home from football practice and Coach O called me and told me that he and Coach Kiffin talked, and that the entire staff wanted to grant me a scholarship, regardless of if I graduate early or not.
Charles Burks is an explosive athlete that plays with passion.
“I was all fired up and told him that I want to be a Trojan.”
Burks, who also had offers from Stanford, Duke and San Diego State among others, picked USC because of the coaching staff and the chance to stay local.
“I fell in love with the coaching staff,” he said. “They are all just great people and really good coaches. I love the way that they run things.
“Also, the ability to play in the Pac-10 is just a great opportunity. I felt like it was the best thing for me.”
Assistant coach Ed Orgeron liked what he saw from Burks when he camped at USC this summer and has stayed in contact with him since that time.
“When they were allowed to call for the first time he called and invited me to the d-line camp over the summer,” Burks said. “I went to that and did really good so he invited me back to the Rising Stars Camp.
“He told me there that the coaching staff really likes me. We kept checking in with them and in August they gave me the conditional offer.”
Burks recently found out that he wouldn’t be able to enroll early, but the coaching staff let him know that if he continued to perform at a high level, they would come through with an official offer.
“They said not to worry about it and just keep playing hard and keep doing what I am doing and everything would work out,” Burks said. “Tonight, I got the call from Coach O and they wanted to offer me.”
Another major factor in Burks' decision to commit was the chance to play with several players that he has competed against in high school and at camps like Victor Blackwell, Max Wittek and Tre Madden.
“I have met those guys through this process and they are all great guys,” Burks said. “It would be really cool to be on the same team with them.”
Burks said he is being recruited as an athlete and is willing to play linebacker, defensive end or fullback on the college level.
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