MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Alvin Burris, senior linebacker for Milwaukee Lutheran, is without a doubt an underrated 2016 recruit to know.
Burris is 5-foot-10, 205 pounds and runs a 4.60 40, which is a nice blend of size and speed for a recruit in the midst of his senior season. And while he doesn’t have any offers yet, Burris has unofficially visited and camped with a few big-time Big Ten schools, a list that includes Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois.
He’s made his rounds through the midwest and has at the very least gotten himself on the radar with a few major schools: Iowa State and Memphis being two notable names. Burris has also been recently hearing from a number of “smaller” football schools. He relays to Today’s U that he’s also been hearing from Youngstown State, Virginia Military Institute, Montana, South Dakota, ACU, Eastern Kentucky, UC Davis, St. Francis, Sacred Heart and Cal Poly as well.
The Milwaukee linebacker spoke specifically about his interaction with Iowa State, saying, “They just asked me for my film and told me that they really like it.”
Burris tells Today’s U that Iowa State did invite him to come visit for a game, and though he couldn’t make it because of his homecoming, he’s planning on staying in touch.
“I am going to talk to them more and see what’s going on,” he said of the Cyclones. “I didn’t start talking to them until now.”
As far as his interest in Iowa State is concerned, it’s definitely mutual. “I’m pretty interested,” he said. “From everyone I know that has been there, I’ve heard a lot of good things. Also, my best friend is committed there for softball, so that’s exciting.”
Right now, Burris is thinking about a Halloween day visit to Iowa State, so we’ll have to check back and see how that goes.
As far as offers are concerned, Burris tells VOTH that he feels ACU and UC Davis are closest to extending him a scholarship opportunity. Sacred Heart is another school who has him on the offer radar.
For what it’s worth, a few schools have also talked to Burris about non-scholarship opportunities with their football team.
“Minnesota talked with me about a walk-on, and Eastern Michigan also,” Burris said. He also relayed that Buffalo has talked with him a bit about a potential greyshirt.
And though it would just be as a walk-on, the opportunity with the Golden Gophers is one that stands out to the Milwaukee Lutheran linebacker.
“The Minnesota walk-on really interests me,” Burris told Today’s U.
When it comes down to it, all he’s looking for is an opportunity to prove himself; and sometimes that all a coach needs out of a player because they know the will is there. For what it’s worth, Burris would be open to walking-on with a Big Ten program if the opportunity presents itself.
“If I can at least have a chance to get some time on special teams I would be down for that,” he said. “Special teams gives me something to just keep working at.”