Rated: Burke is currently ranked a three-star recruit and the No. 24 middle linebacker in the country by FOXSportsNEXT.
On offense, Burke is a tight end who blocks well and can get out on pass routes and get down the field. He does a good job of playing with a low pad level during running plays and gets under defensive players to win the leverage battle.
Burke is big (6-foot-4, 240 pounds), changes direction well, can run to the sidelines, has good instincts, drives well on the ball and has good front line speed. He doesn't play overly physical for a middle linebacker and needs to gain comfort in his pass coverage skills, but he reacts well to plays in front of him.
In looking at the first play on the film, Burke shows his ability to change direction quickly on a play, keep is balance and make the tackle.
One of the few offensive clips comes at the 1:10 mark, and it is impressive. His knee bend is good, he fires out of his stance and wins the leverage battle. His initial punch moves the defender back, and Burke stays on the block and drives his legs to push the player back.
Instincts are huge for a middle linebacker, and Burke displays them throughout the tape. One of the more impressive plays comes at the 2:39 mark when he quickly recognizes a run, accelerates up the field and avoids congestion to make the tackle.
Finally, at the four minute mark, Burke shows nice technique in making a difficult play look relatively benign. The play flows left and Burke is blocked. However, he does a nice job of recognizing where the play is designed to go, disengaging the blocker, locating the ball carrier and making the tackle. It happens quickly, but Burke makes it look simple.
Recruiting Impact: After a slow start to the class, Maryland is now up to eight commitments, and Burke is the first linebacker. The Terps will bring in at least one more linebacker, and Burke could be the first of three linebackers in the class.
The Terps are not actively recruiting any other middle linebackers that hold offers, but it doesn't mean another such player will not crop up. There is also the possibility DeMatha Catholic High (Hyattsville, Md.) linebacker JaWhaun Bentley could move into the middle and play linebacker, and he has the Terps in his top six.
Also, Maryland continues to recruit several other defensive ends, and already have a commitment from tight end Andrew Gray of Chardon (Ohio) High.
Quotable: "(Coach Randy Edsall) was telling me they want to use me at either MIKE or MO. They said I could play either one. He just said they wanted me to play there and help them win a Big Ten championship."
Final Thought: This is a really nice pickup for Maryland, especially given Burke's versatility. He can play middle linebacker, defensive end or tight end, although he will enter school as a linebacker. Seeing Burke play with more physicality would be nice, but it doesn't take away from the fact he moves well and has good instincts.