Greenwood junior quarterback Jabe Burgess is no longer just identified as former Arkansas signal caller Tyler Wilson's cousin.
That's because Burgess (6-3, 200) – who will be taking an unofficial visit to Arkansas Wednesday morning - made a name for himself this season for the 6A state champion Bulldogs while completing 219-of-265 passes for 3,128 yards and 36 touchdowns and just five interceptions.
One of the receivers that he tossed the ball to was Razorback signee Drew Morgan, who is part of a program that has won three straight state titles, went 14-0 this season and and is riding the state's longest win streak at 38.
"It was a great season for Greenwood and I had some great receivers and backs like Drew, a great offensive line and a great defense," Burgess said. "We have a great coaching staff and it just all came together for us."
That breakout season for Burgess – his first as a starter – led to scholarship offers from Illinois and Tulsa and interest from schools such as Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss, Arkansas State and some other schools.
"It's kind of a funny story on how I got the first offer (from Illinois)," Burgess said. "I was at a Tulsa camp working out and got a call from our head coach (Rick Jones) telling me that Illinois had offered. It was a great feeling and then Tulsa offered pretty soon after that."
Arkansas has certainly shown interest and made sure he knew it by inviting him up for a visit on Wednesday morning where he'll get a chance to visit with Razorback head coach Bret Bielema and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney.
"I am supposed to be there at 9 a.m. and spend about three hours visiting with the coaches," Burgess said. "I got a chance to meet them when they came through recruiting Drew, but it will be nice to have a chance to sit down and go over the offense with them. They seem like really good guys."
Burgess grew up supporting both Arkansas and Arkansas State.
"I was definitely a Razorback fan growing up, but I went to a lot of Arkansas State games when I was young because we had friends over there," Burgess said. "I certainly have been to a lot of Arkansas games over the years because of Tyler."
Burgess is hoping for the opportunity to follow in Wilson's footsteps.
"I would love for Arkansas to offer me and that would put them right at the top," Burgess said. "It's a great school and I know they are going to get back to the top."
Burgess and Wilson have been close growing up and he has been a great role model for him.
"I have so much respect for him with the way he played in college and especially the way he handled the adversity this season," Burgess said. "He did a great job at the NFL combine. We work out together and I have learned so much from him."
Burgess knows that he is not a finished product, but is working hard to get better every day.
"I think I deliver the ball and read defenses well, but I want to get bigger and stronger," Burgess said. "I also know I need to work on being under center because we run the shotgun at Greenwood all the time and I know that I won't be doing that in college."
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