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Arkansas Razorbacks O-line target Will Burgess nets second in shot put

Pearcy (Ark.) Class of 2018 offensive lineman Will Burgess competed at the Meet of Champs and got second place on Saturday.

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark.-- Pearcy (Ark.) Lake Hamilton offensive lineman Will Burgess captured second in the shot put at the Meet of Champs in Russellville on Saturday. Burgess recorded a best of 52 feet, 4 inches as he competed against the best from around the state.

Burgess, 6-4, 340, was easy to pick out as he towered over the others competing against him. It's easy to see why the Razorbacks are taking such interest in him. He was at Arkansas on April 1 for an unofficial visit. Burgess' mark on Saturday was short of his 53-6 he has thrown before. Burgess feels like the competition in track & field helps him in football.

"A bunch of them are linemen from our conference," Burgess said of others in the shot put. "It's kind of competition between the linemen."

Arkansas will have a Trench Hogs OL/DL Camp on June 18 and Burgess will be among those in attendance.

"I've very excited about that," Burgess said. "I couldn't be more excited about it."

At this time Burgess doesn't have an offer to Arkansas. However, it's believed he's one of the 2018 prospects who may be closest to getting one. A great showing at the camp might secure that offer from the Razorbacks.

"They have told me that's where the offers will come from," Burgess said of the camp.

Will you get one?

"I hope so," Burgess said. "I'm hoping. I'm gonna give it all I've got."

Burgess is a powerful offensive lineman. Whether it turns out to be Arkansas or some other school, Burgess talked about what he's looking for in a college.

"For one, I'm looking for the plays that best fits me," Burgess said. "Where I can fit in academically as well as athletically. I want to major in something that involves sports. Arkansas has a good sports management program."

He is a legit and solid 6-4, 340, and will be a force to reckon with in college. Burgess talked about his strengths on the field.

"Probably my strength and size is my big one," Burgess said.

Lake Hamilton is a team that Burgess feels can be pretty good in 2017 if things fall into place for them.

"My ultimate goal is a state championship," Burgess said. "But third coach in three years is kind of tough. My goal is just learning the plays and getting better daily. We'll see where that leads.

"We only lost five really significant seniors so I think we're going to have honestly a pretty good year. We're gonna surprise a lot of people. We're going to be pretty good."

In addition to the football camp at Arkansas what other plans do you have this summer?

"Right now I am signed up for the Mega Camp at Memphis on June 11," Burgess said. "I might sign up for a couple of more, but the camp in Memphis has a lot of colleges going."

The Big Cat Mega Camp will be help at the University of Memphis south campus and will include coaches from all different levels providing instruction. It will have four sessions with each lasting one hour, 45 minutes, with every session limited to 400 campers.

In addition to Arkansas, who else is showing interest in you?

"Missouri State, UCA, Arkansas State, Arkansas Tech, SAU, Louisiana-Lafayette and a bunch of colleges around the area," Burgess said.

After they see you at the camp in Memphis and then the big lineman camp at Arkansas do you think more colleges will be interested?

"I hope so," Burgess said. "I'm just trying to work to get some more offers."

Burgess admits he likes to just line up and dominate the defensive lineman in the run game, but is working on all aspects of his game.

"We're working on pass blocking because we didn't do too much of that last year," Burgess said. "I'm getting more comfortable pass blocking, but I feel I'm more of a bulldozer run you over."

The OK Take-- Obviously watching someone compete in the shot put isn't the same as seeing them play football. However, it would be a lie to say I wasn't impressed with how Burgess looked. When I heard his size I didn't expect him to carry 340-pounds on his frame that well. Burgess is a talented kid who competes hard and some lucky college will extend that offer this summer and land them an offensive lineman with a ton of upside. Will very likely be an offensive guard in college.


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