Michael Burke has committed to play football for Andy Talley and the Villanova Wildcats. Burke, a 6'3" 195 lb. WR from Columbia, PA, committed Monday morning while visiting campus with his parents. Burke seems relieved to have the recruiting process come to and end.
"Finally," Burke IV said Monday night. "A huge weight off my shoulders."
Burke, like some of the other 'Nova commits, earned his scholarship offer at Villanova's spring camp. He also had visited BYU, Syracuse, Pitt and Towson while receiving interest from Albany, Akron, Boston College, Bowling Green, The Citadel, UConn, Delaware, Maine, Monmouth, SMU and West Virginia – among others.
Burke's father said that relationships with the coaches and how his son would fit into the 'Nova offensive scheme made it a great fit.
"We had a tour and we met the coaches and he just fell in love with the campus and what their plans were for him," said Columbia coach – and Mike’s dad – Mike Burke III. "He fits in really well with their offensive scheme and he really hit it off with their offensive coordinator (Sam Venuto) and wide receiver coach (Brian Flinn)."
Burke also spoke about Villanova's potential move up to FBS football, and corroborated Stacey Bedell's claims that Villanova should know by the fall if they're moving up or not.
Burke IV said that Villanova should learn its fate by the end of the summer, and that if the Wildcats do indeed jump to the Big East, his entire recruiting class would be redshirted. If Villanova remains in the Colonial Athletic Association, Burke IV likely could play right away.
Highlights and ESPN's analysis is after The Jump.
ESPN on Michael Burke
Burke is a pure possession guy, but is also a pretty good one. He has good size and a sturdy build and will show some strength as a WR when attacking the football in contested match-ups. He is strong and has very, very good hands. He is extremely effective when covered and with defenders contesting the ball. Has quick hands and plucks with ease. Will extend up high, will lay out and has good leaps to elevate and pull down the jump ball. Shows very good focus and sideline awareness and the ability to adjust to the over-the-shoulder football. Runs decent routes and is strong enough to use his body to gain position on the defender on underneath and intermediate routes. However, as much as you respect his toughness and ability to go up and get the football, Burke is limited in terms of fluid athleticism and top end speed. He is not a guy that can just outrun you or set you up as a route runner with tremendous quickness and acceleration. He catches everything and would be a best fit in the slot where he can use his strength and muscle through routes to settle into soft spots in zone coverage. He is an FCS level guy. Solid prospect.
2010: Caught 72 passes for 1,185 yards (16.5 average) and 16 touchdowns. Registered 64 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions. Class A first-team all-state selection as a junior.