Just heading into his junior year and already 6-2, 205 pounds, Burkett is definitely someone to watch as he continues to get more experience on the football field.
Playing for Coach Travis Pearson, a former administrative coach for Gene Chizik at Iowa State and the guy who coached both Spencer Johnson and Ben Grubbs in high school, Burkett was part of a Jeff Davis team that showed some life last fall.
A long-time power in Alabama high school football, the Vols won just one game in 2009 and scored eight points or less seven times in 10 games. Last season Jeff Davis won three times and played close in several more games as they attempt to put the program back on the map.
Players like Burkett can help speed up that process. Playing mostly safety and some linebacker as a sophomore, he reported an average of eight tackles per game, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries as a sophomore.
On Saturday at the Alabama MVP Camp at Prattville, Burkett worked out as a defensive back for much of the event and did a solid job despite being forced to cover wide receivers man-to-man in drills. Late in the day he moved to play some linebacker and that looks like it will be his spot the older he gets.
"It was a lot of fun," Burkett said of the camp. "There was a lot of competition. I'm just working on getting better. I'm looking forward to my junior year."
Hearing a little from Auburn, Alabama and others, Burkett said he's just taking his time with the recruiting process as he prepares for his junior year with the Vols. He said he hopes to camp at several different schools in the South this summer to try to improve as a player.