RECRUITING: Marcus Burton is a man of his word

Marcus Burton

WSU VERBAL COMMIT Marcus Burton was recently planning on taking another official visit but cancelled at the last moment. Cougfan.com talked to the Channelview Chopper to find out where he currently stands and if there had been a change in his status.

The news that Marcus Burton was planning on taking an official trip to Iowa State the first weekend in December set off alarm bells at Bohler Gym. The coaches immediately got in touch with their prized 'backer, who subsequently ended up canceling his planned trip to Ames at the last moment.

Coach Bill Doba and Leon Burtnett then went down to Channelview for an in-home visit with the 6-1, 220-pound linebacker at his grandmother's house. After the in-home and a meal, all parties were on the same page.

"The visit went really good, and in the end everyone saw eye to eye," Burton told Cougfan.com.

The linebacker told the coaches he wanted to take a few trips for comparison purposes, but that he remains strong in his commitment to Washington State.

"Coach Doba said if I wanted to compare Washington State with some other universities, if I felt like that was something I needed to do, then he was okay with that. He said he wants me, when I come to Washington State, to know that's the place I want to be."

Burton doesn't have any trips set up at this time and isn't sure which schools he wants to visit.

"I don't really know where," he said.

We asked Burton how we should characterize the status of his verbal to WSU -- would it be accurate to say is he now back open?

"Well, every time I talk to a scout they always ask me that. They want to get a percentage of the likelihood of me coming to their school and what I tell them is this: I'm a man of my word. I gave Washington State my word. I'm solid in my commitment. Like I said, I just want to compare a bit."

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