At 6-2, 210 pounds and athletic enough to be a star on special teams for the Wolverines this season, Burkett is a prospect who Carver Coach Billy Gresham says could play a number of different roles on the next level because of his versatility.
"He would fit very well in the 4-2-5 defense," Gresham tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "He could be that extra linebacker or safety-type player. He fits that mold pretty well. He's a big guy that can run and he doesn't mind striking people either."
Even though he doesn't have a scholarship offer from the Tigers, Burkett is a player that Gus Malzahn and his staff are very familiar with after recruiting him and several teammates while still at Arkansas State. With the finish line nearing for the 2013 class, Burkett is someone who the Tigers decided is worth taking a closer look at late in the process for Auburn, but at the moment he's solidly committed to UCF.
"He's actually committed to Central Florida," Gresham says. "He's got offers from Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Arkansas State, Southern Miss and a few other schools. He visited Central Florida and kind of fell in love with it."
Making the move to Carver from Jeff Davis before his senior season, Burkett only played one year for Gresham, but it was enough for the coach to see the potential in the big safety. Now preparing to sign on Wednesday, the coach said he believes some team is going to get a steal in Burkett down the line.
"He's a high-motor guy," Greshman says of Burkett. "He's a very physical guy at the safety position who can run. He just brought a lot of intensity to our team.
"He loves to practice and practices very hard," the coach says. "He was a big hitter for us and led our team in special teams tackles. He's just an outstanding football player and very heady. He forced a lot of turnovers and has a nose for the football."
As a senior Burkett finished with 52 solo tackles, 15 assists, three forced fumbles and two interceptions.