Introducing the 2003 Class: Rudy Burgess

Few football players are as versatile and athletic as 2003 Arizona State-signee Rudy Burgess. Not only did Burgess achieve post-season honors for his effort on both sides of the ball, but he is one of the best track athletes in California. DevilsDigest caught up with Burgess recently to update his progress both athletically and academically in advance of what looks to be a potentially promising Sun Devil career.

A first-team all-state Small School player out of Desert high school in Edwards California, Burgess was C.I.F Division XII defensive player of the year at cornerback, and first-team all league wide receiver, the position he will likely wind up playing for the Sun Devils. In addition, Burgess rushed for over 1200 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior and is one of the best prep track standouts in the state, holding a divisional record in the long jump, at 24'8". He's also a 48' triple-jumper, 6'8 high jumper and he possesses a 43' vertical jump, making him an extraordinary talent at 5'11 and 175 pounds.

Burgess understands the importance of staying in shape, particularly as it relates to the limited number of scholarship athletes at his position, and the opportunity he'll likely have in terms of having a chance to contribute as a true freshman, saying, "Yeah, I've really been lifting out here, doing track, running, staying in shape. I want to be ready when I get out there." Knowing full well what summer workouts with the team can do for his development in fall camp, Burgess plans on being out for the second summer school session. "I just talk to Coach Jackson pretty much, and he's mentioned the bridge program, so I'm really excited for that. I think he mentioned June 20th or at least by early July, I'm not really sure, but I'll be there."

Making the transition easier for Burgess is some relatively recent clarity on his academic situation. "I took the SAT, not this last time (it was offered), but the time before that and I got an 840, and that should qualify me at the end of the year with my GPA. I'm just finishing up my classes that I have to take before graduation. I can pretty much coast in for the rest of the school year."

Staying in-touch with the happenings in Tempe, especially with spring football, is something that Burgess also works a little at. "I try to stay caught up on the Internet but I don't really have that much time with track and school. I heard they have two walk-on receivers (doing well)." Burgess also knows some of his future classmates from high school and campus visits including Chad Green, and Daniel Varvel, a player he whom he played with in an All-Star game. He's also familiar with current Devil wideout Derek Hagan, also a player from the High Desert of Southern California.

Burgess is extremely aware of the opportunity presented for receivers at Arizona State with the aerial attack led by coach Dirk Koetter and trigger man Andrew Walter, not to mention two standout quarterback recruits –Michael Affleck and Sam Keller-in the same recruiting class. "It's always good to have guys like that, guys like Walter and it was important to me (in the decision making process). I like to play one on one in man coverage and really use my speed and my strength." Having a dynamic threat like Burgess should only make the Sun Devil football squad stronger and more versatile in the coming years.

Recruit Profile


Rudy Burgess

High School

Desert High School, Edwards, CA








"Not really"

Favorite TV Show

"Dave Chapelle Show"

Favorite Movie

"The Program" and "Kiss of the Dragon"

Favorite Singer

"I like most R&B and Rap"

Favorite Food

"Jerk Chicken"

Favorite Drink

"Kiwi Strawberry"

Favorite Athlete

"Terrell Owens"

Favorite Team

"I don't really have a favorite team"

First Football Memory

"When I was probably 8 years old and playing with older, bigger kids."

Where do you want to be in ten years:

"The NFL or a commercial photographer, something like that."

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