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South Paulding’s Burks first KSU commitment
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
July 17, 2013 11:05 AM | 2287 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
South Paulding rising senior Chandler Burks recently became the first high school player to commit to play for the new Kennesaw State football program. The Owls will begin play in fall 2014.
South Paulding rising senior Chandler Burks recently became the first high school player to commit to play for the new Kennesaw State football program. The Owls will begin play in fall 2014.
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Chandler Burks of South Paulding High School recently became the first player to make a verbal commitment to the brand-new football program at Kennesaw State University.

“I’m 100 percent KSU and that’s why I was able to make my decision so early,” Burks said.

Playing on both sides of the ball Burks can take the field as a quarterback, wide receiver or cornerback. Burks also does punt and kick returns.

“Whatever I can do to help. I love to be on the field…Wherever they put me on the field, I plan to make something happen,” said Burks.

The South Paulding rising senior said he saw no reason to keep his decision private.

“There was no need to wait. Kennesaw State offered everything I’m looking for in a program. Everything they have to offer academically and athletically is what I’m looking for,” he said.

Unable to sign until National Signing Day in February, Burks said he and his parents are working on the final steps to get him into Kennesaw State in the fall of 2014.

Burks has played on the varsity team for the Spartans since his freshman year, and started as a sophomore.

Last season Burks had 304 yards offensively with five touchdowns.

On the defensive side, Burks had 28 tackles and two interceptions. To round out his stats, Burks also totaled 273 yards off kick and punt returns and a “pick-six” – a touchdown off an interception.

With his former head coach, Tim Glanton, now being a part of the inaugural Kennesaw State coaching staff, this had an impact on his decision to be an Owl as well.

Burks said he held back tears when Glanton left South Paulding and he is excited to be working with this “great,” “faith-bound” man again.

According to the Spartans current head coach, Ed Koester, Burks’ hard work is paying off,

“I’m very excited and very happy for him…The time I’ve spent with him has been fantastic,” Koester said.

Burks said there are other members of the Spartan team that have offers from Kennesaw State and he is nudging them toward acceptance.

“I’m in their ear…I have a little hunch that at least one of them will go,” Burks said.

While Burks still has his senior year ahead of him and the inaugural season at Kennesaw State won’t begin until fall 2015, he said it was “stress relief to know that I’ll be doing what I love at the next level.”
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