Arkansas commit Treylon Burks progressing in ACL rehab

Treylon Burks

— Arkansas wide receiver pledge Treylon Burks is progressing well with his rehab from ACL surgery, Warren coach Bo Hembree said.

Burks (6-3, 210 pounds) was injured in the Lumberjacks' fifth game and was unable to play in the Lumberjacks’ final six games of the season, which ended with a 41-14 loss to Arkadelphia in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Burks, ranked as the No. 84 prospect overall nationally, had surgery Oct. 11.

“He is doing really good,” Hembree said. “He tore his ACL while he was pushing a kid out of bounds. It was just a freak deal.”

Burks, who will likely report to Arkansas in May after he graduates, is one of four Razorbacks wide receiver pledges in a class that is ranked 11th by Rivals and 16th by both ESPN and 247Sports.

He is going through the same rehab with the same doctor that his defensive tackle teammate and fellow Arkansas commit Marcus Miller (6-5, 300) did as a sophomore.

“Marcus tore his in July of his sophomore year and used the same guy that Treylon is using,” Hembree said. “Marcus was able to play week nine of his sophomore season. Treylon is way ahead of schedule now and he goes four days a week to therapy. From what I hear, he is way ahead of schedule.

“He is one extremely hard worker and I think he will be able to get back quicker than normal.”

Burks had eight catches for 244 yards and four touchdowns prior to his injury. He also had five carries for 31 yards and completed 4 of 7 passes for 137 yards and three touchdowns.

Burks had 17 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup on defense, and was the team's punt returner and punter.

“We had lost two or three guys before that and it hurt us, but didn’t kill us,” Hembree said. “But losing him was tough. He really did so much for us and we were able to overcome a little of that, but it just took so much away from him on offense and defense and special teams that it was just so much to overcome.

Burks ended his prep career with 151 catches for 3,403 yards and 43 touchdowns.

He chose Arkansas over LSU, Clemson, Auburn, Ole Miss, Michigan and Tennessee, among others.

The Razorbacks have four wide receiver commits in Burks, Jefferson, Texas’ TQ Jackson (6-3, 190) and two early enrollees in Bradenton, Fla., IMG Academy’s Shamar Nash (6-1, 196) and Murfreesboro, Tenn., Blackman’s Trey Knox (6-4, 210).

Miller, who had more than 50 tackles, six tackles for lost yardage and a fumble recovery this season, is also slated to arrive in May.

“He had people run away from him all the time, especially when we lost Treylon because they had a pick a side to run to,” Hembree said. “We had them on opposite sides.

“He had a very good year and has a bright future ahead of him.”