Burgess to Become Invited Walk-On at Auburn

Vestavia Hills, Ala.—Lineman Blake Burgess of Vestavia Hills High School has accepted at spot on the Auburn football team as an invited walk-on.

Blake Burgess, 6-3 1/2, 235-pounds, played center and defensive line in high school and is expected to be a center at Auburn.

"Samford, Jacksonville State and Murray State all offered him," says Vestavia High School head coach Buddy Anderson says. "Clemson and Duke had the same situation as an invited walk-on.

"First of all he has character," Anderson says, explaining why colleges like the lineman. "He's a good person, he's a competitor and he's got height and speed. He's got some size to gain for an offensive lineman, but he's got the size for a defensive end right now."

Auburn has a recent history of walk-ons earning their way to becoming the starting center. Jeremy Ingle was a was a walk-on and the starting center in 2004, Joe Cope in 2005 and 2006, and the starter the last two years, Jason Bosley, was originally a grayshirt offer.

"I think he can play," Anderson says of Burgess. "I definitely think he can definitely play. He's going to have to learn to play at the next level. The next level is a different story.

"We call him ‘Renaissance Man,' because not only is he a good football player--he's very tenacious, very hard-work and hard-nosed--but he is also very active in theatre. So that's why we call him the Renaissance Man."

Blake Burgess is the son of Rick Burgess, co-host of the popular Rick and Bubba morning radio show. His grandfather Bill Burgess lettered at Auburn in 1962 and was head coach at Jacksonville State from 1985 to 1996, including the 1992 Division II National Championship team.

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