'09 RB Prospect Has Plenty of Speed

Currently a junior, Sam Burkhalter is showing potential as a prospect for the 2009 signing class.

Roswell, Ga.--There were a variety of impressive athletes at the 2008 Scott Kennedy CES Combine in Duluth, Ga. A running back from Blessed Trinity School was certainly one of the junior football prospects who stood out in the group.

Sam Burkhalter, a 5-9 1/2, 197-pound running back who put up big numbers last fall, put up a small number in the 40-yard dash, blazing to a hand-timed 4.37 on an indoor track on artificial turf at the Competitive Edge Sports training center.

That wasn't his only impressive test result. He also posted a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump.

Playing for the Blessed Trinity Titans, Burkhalter notes he rushed for 1,200 yards as a junior. "I started playing football in seventh grade and I have been playing in the Blessed Trinity feeder program all of the way up," he says. "I played a little bit my freshman year and I started my sophomore year and I have been playing running back ever since.

"I played free safety last year, but I just played running back this year," says Burkhalter, who notes that spends a lot time working out.

"I train every day of the week," says the running back, who says he is bench pressing 320 pounds. "I am always in the gym, even if it is a Friday I am always running and training to go beyond what I can do."

Burkhalter says the only attention he has received from an SEC program so far is from the Vanderbilt Commodores, but that could change if he shows up well on the summer camp circuit and puts together another strong season running the football this fall as a senior.

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