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LB Noah Burks on Maryland offer: ‘It’s definitely one of my top 3 schools'

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The fifth-ranked player in the state of Indiana ranks Maryland with Indiana and Illinois in his top group.


The University of Maryland traditionally hasn't been a mainstay on the recruiting trail in the Midwest, especially in Indiana. Deeply entrenched in its basketball history, the Hoosier State doesn't produce all that many football prospects every year, but Maryland's continued goal to move into Midwest territory has them making inroads with some of the area's top prospects. For 2016 Carmel HS (Ind.) linebacker Noah Burks, Maryland is in good position after an early offer and looks to stay that way throughout his recruitment.

"Obviously, I was extremely excited about the opportunity to be a Maryland football player and to have the ability to decide if I want to do that or not," said Burks. "It’s definitely one of my top three schools of interest, so I was really excited about the offer."

With a busy schedule that concluded with a Tuesday unofficial visit to Purdue, Burks looks to head east for a visit to take a closer look at what Maryland has to offer.

"I’m going to try to get over there soon," he said. "After [the Purdue visit], I have an empty schedule so I’m going to try and get over to Maryland."

Defensive line coach Chad Wilt serves as Burks' lead recruiter, and after going through the evaluation process, the Terrapins coaching staff see the prospect as an inside linebacker.

"Coach Wilt has been the one recruiting me for the most part," Burks said. "They said they want me as a Mike linebacker, so inside linebacker is what I’m primarily being recruited as. Even though I can play other positions, they want to try me there."

Transitioning from a 3-4 to a 4-3 could be an uphill climb for Maryland not only because of massive exodus along the front seven, but due to personnel who adjusting to new positions and responsibilities. With Burks, playing in the middle of a 4-3 is nothing out of the ordinary.

"Our team right now in high school runs a 4-3 defense, so I definitely like that form a lot better," he said. "I think it will be an easier transition because I’m used to the formations, and I’ll know where everyone is lined up at and everyone’s responsibilities."

Being accustomed to Big Ten football has given Burks the opportunity to see what it takes to be successful in a physically demanding conference, and after this past season, the future is bright according to the Greyhound linebacker.

"First of all, I love that they’re in the Big Ten," he said. "I love the Big Ten, and I think I’m a Big Ten backer, so I think I’m going to try and stay inside the conference. I thought overall, they had a pretty productive season and I see good things going forward with them."

Burks, the No. 5 player in the state of Indiana according to the 247Sports Composite, is still generating interest from programs around the region, but for now, holds the Terps in high standing.

"I’m only basing my top three off of schools that have currently offered me, so right now, it would be Maryland (1), IU (2) and Illinois (3)," he said. "Based off schools, I have interest in, Michigan is up there because I grew up a fan, Notre Dame, Ohio State are up there too."

In hopes of obtaining more offers, Burks is in no rush to make a decision. When the time comes to announce, it will be based on comfort level and ability to produce.

"I’ve been thinking about trimming a list in the future coming up, but I definitely don’t have a decided date on when I want to commit," he said. "I think once I visit all the schools I need to visit and want to visit, I’ll commit based on where I feel most comfortable and where I think I’ll produce the best."