Change of position could boost Burke

Hamilton High standout Kyeler Burke holds Arizona State in high regards and a new position look may help him garner more attention from the Sun Devils and others.

Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton senior Kyeler Burke is arguably the most under-recruited prospect in Arizona right now.

So far Burke can only claim an offer from South Dakota State, but he has an atypical opportunity to raise his stock this spring.

The main reason Burke is inline to receive more offers is due to the fact he will be starting cornerback for Hamilton Varsity this fall, something he hasn't done much of in the past.

“I played a little defense during spring ball last year and my coaches liked me a lot there,” Burke said. “I played defense during [the state playoffs] versus Hamilton and they liked what I did then. They think with my speed and length that I have a chance to play at the next level at cornerback. I see myself playing corner in college.”

Burke will still play receiver, and said his coach Steve Belles said he will be the first player to start both ways for the state’s perennial powerhouse since Belles took over in 2006.

The 6-foot-1 185-pounder has been a versatile performer for Hamilton on offense. As a junior, he rushed for 464 yards and three scores and caught 75 passes for 976 with 10 touchdowns.

“I thought I had something to prove with my junior year,” Burke said. “I missed most of my sophomore year because of injury. I really wanted to work on my route running and I think my stats showed that.

“This offseason I wanted to get bigger and I have added a lot of good weight. I am about 20 pounds heavier than I was last year.”

Last weekend Burke visited Boise State.

“Boise state was awesome I really loved it when I got down there,” Burke said. “The town itself wasn't like how I expected it. It had a really cool small town feel and the campus was really nice and their facilities were top notch.

“I got a chance to meet with all the coaches, but I spent most of my time with coach (Junior) Adams, the wide receivers coach. He's a great guy and it would be really cool to play for him I'm being recruited as an athlete. I would say coaches that I've talked to have said they are not sure where they see me playing yet.”

It is fair to say that with not having any film of Burke playing defense available to coaches, that most schools are recruiting him as an athlete. He will have an opportunity to display his skills to recruiters soon when Hamilton begins its spring practice. He also expects to camp at colleges this summer.

Arizona State is in the picture and Burke is very familiar with the school. He unofficially visited the campus in March.

“ASU was great,” Burke said. “It always is, I love the hometown feel and I'm familiar with the area. ASU would definitely be an ideal place for me to play college football, almost a dream school you could say. My dad graduated from there and my mom was a cheerleader for ASU. My sister is there now. I'll be back up there on Friday night for the spring game."

Burke said he is also being recruited by Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, NAU, Northwestern and South Dakota.


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