Burke Names a Leader

Defensive back Khari Burke of South Plantation (Fla.) High School is among the fastest players in the talent rich state of Florida. He has a handful of scholarship offers but one school among them stands out for Burke.

South Plantation (Fla.) High School defensive back Khari Burke doesn't mince words when asked about his speed on the gridiron.

"I am the fastest defensive back in Dade and Broward Counties," the 5-foot-8, 155-pound Burke replied.

Burke said Central Michigan just offered him a scholarship, an opportunity he's excited about.

Burke added that he was unfamiliar with CMU when it offered, but has been following the Chippewas ever since CMU head coach Butch Jones delivered the good news. Burke said he's impressed with CMU's current four game winning streak among other things. He currently lists CMU as his number one school.

"Yes, Central Michigan is my top school so far," Burke said.

He also reports scholarship offers from Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Tennessee State and Eastern Illinois.

Burke said CMU made a great first impression when he decided to check out his first Chippewa game on television. That game just happened to be CMU's dramatic upset win at Michigan State Sept. 12th.

"The Central Michigan/Michigan State game was an exciting game to watch," Burke said. "It was unbelievable how Central Michigan came back to win the game."

Like many south Florida prospects, Burke hit up the Nike Combine in Miami this spring. Of the hundreds of players from the talent rich area who attended the combine this year, Burke was one of only five players to register a sub 4.5 40 time. His electronically timed 4.49 makes him one of the fastest seniors in south Florida.

Burke said CMU is recruiting him to play cornerback for the Chippewas while also filling in on special teams when needed.

"The Central (Michigan) coaches want me to play cornerback, punt return and kick return," Burke said.

If a recent game against Hallandale High School is any indication, Burke has the potential to be a difference-maker at the next level.

In that game against rival Hallandale, Burke jumped a route and took an interception 38 yards. He also came up with six tackles, one for a loss, and when given the opportunity to return a punt, he took it 58 yards.

Not a bad game for the self-proclaimed "fastest player" in Dade and Broward Counties.


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