Who: Brock Burns
High School: Fishers (IN) Hamilton Southeastern
Current Height/Weight: 6-4 202
Current Position: SS but projects at LB
Analysis: There is a lot to love about Ball State verbal commit Brock Burns. He has a great frame, is athletic and is not afraid of contact. At 6-4, he is rangy and athletic and even at 202 pounds, he also looks like he can easily get to 240 which is where LB Coach Johnny Curtis expects him to eventually end up. Burns is capable of covering a lot of ground in a short amount of time because of his long strides and quick feet. He is a sure tackler and can pack a punch when the opportunity presents itself. During his senior season, Burns compiled 102 tackles, 2 INTs and 8 passes defensed. As a high school safety, he was able to cover and ready/react to the pass. He has experience in coverage in both man and playing in a zone. His ball skills on defense will also serve him well as he moves to LB. With his move to LB at the next level, his experience playing in space will serve him well in the pass-happy Mid-American Conference. We look for Burns to put on weight over the next few years to help adapt to the rigors of playing closer to the line at the collegiate level.
Outlook: Burns brings a lot of talent and has a chance to play right away as the Cardinals graduate a ton of linebackers. His ability to cover and play the pass will be key in helping him see the field. He is also able to be a runner/hitter on special teams. Expect this young man to see the field soon and develop into a force in the MAC.