No. 20 Overall Player in Virginia - Rivals.com No. 46 Outside Linebacker in Nation - ESPN.com
Selected Vanderbilt overNebraska, Miami (Fla.), Virginia, Penn State, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Maryland and West Virginia among others
[Photo Credit: South County HS/Alan Morris]
HIGH SCHOOL Two-year captain... Three-year defensive starter... As senior LB, named First Team All-State, district's Defensive Player of the Year and team MVP after accumulating 123 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and three INTs... Also added three TD catches and four blocked punts for 2012 squad that advanced to second round of Group 5 playoffs... Participated in postseason Chesapeake Bowl... As junior, posted 128 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, two INTs and three defensive TDs - as Stallions advanced to state title game... Starting forward on basketball team... National Honor Society and School Leadership Council member.
PERSONAL Oren Spencer Burks ... Son of Orlanda and Wanda Burks... Born March 21, 1995... Has a younger sister, Whitney, who is a highly sought-after softball player... Dad works as senior system engineer; mom works as program operations manager... Related to Baltimore Ravens' WR Torrey Smith... Plays percussion instruments.
SOUTH COUNTY HEAD COACH GERRY PANNONI "Oren has been extremely productive everywhere he played for us. You just don't see Oren's combination of height, length and athleticism very often.
"Oren could have played any position. He's a rare athlete, a guy that just won the region dunk contest. He's going to grow into something really special.
"Oren's a special young man off the field. He comes from a wonderful family and has been a leader with our Stallions Reader program in schools. Oren enjoys the interaction and the kids think the world of him."