St. Johns (Fla.) Bartram Trail High School senior offensive tackle Jesse Burkett committed to…
Commitment Analysis; OT Jesse Burkett
Offers: Florida State, North Carolina, Penn State, Stanford and Vanderbilt Committed to: Stanford What to Like Jesse Burkett is an outstanding offensive line prospect that has the potential to be a very good player at the major college level. Burkett is a solidly built at 6-foot-4 and 310-pounds which he carries very well. He is extremely athletic for a young man his size. Burkett's strength as a blocker at this time is protecting the passer. His fundamentals are excellent for a high school player. In pass protection his foot work is outstanding, he sits in his pass-pro set very well and doesn't over extend. His ability to run block was hampered during his senior season with a broken wrist which required him to wear a cumbersome cast that restricted the use of his left hand. He is a very good blocker out in space and on the second level in the run game. His footwork and body positioning have improved this season as it pertains to run blocking. This has helped Burkett overcome the injury and allowed him to be an effective run blocker despite not be able to use his left hand to lock up on a defender. Burkett also has good balance, bends well and does an excellent job of staying on his feet. Questions, Improvement and Development The only thing stood out to me, that you would like to see him improve on, is coming off the ball lower. At times Burkett has a tendency to come out of his stance a little higher than you would like in the run game. His size and strength allow him to make up for this at the high school level. In pass-protection his initial punch could be more violent but his injury limited his ability to use both hands as he normally would pass blocking. Does Burkett have the chance to be as good run-blocking as shows as a potential pass-blocker? I think the answer is yes but the injury which caused to miss the first quarter of this past season didn't allow him to be as dominant in the run game as he had hoped for going into his senior year. Thoughts Burkett is one of the top offensive line prospects in the state of Florida if not the entire southeast United States in my opinion and certainly worthy of the type of scholarship offers he had to choose from. While he doesn't have the ideal height schools are looking for in major college offensive tackle he certainly has the athleticism to play tackle or anywhere else on the offensive line for that matter. Burkett is already ahead of where most high school prospects are in relation to their ability to pass-protect in regards to both technique and footwork. The athletic lineman blocks very well out in space whether it's on getting downfield on screens and "Now" passes or getting to the second level in the run game. He also has the ability to come to balance and re-set himself in a good blocking position against smaller, quicker defenders out in the open field. In the run game Burkett is very comfortable and effective when pulling and kicking out defensive ends or leading up on a linebackers.
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