Committed to: Vanderbilt
Game Watched: St. Johns (Fla.) Bartram Trail vs. Palm Coast (Fla.) Matanzas
What to Like
Jesse Burkett is an outstanding offensive line prospect that has the potential to be a very good player at the college level. Burkett is a solidly built 6-foot-4 and 310-pounds which he carries very well. He is extremely athletic for a young man his size. Burkett's strength as a blocker at this time is protecting the passer. His fundamentals are excellent for a high school player. In pass protection his foot work is outstanding, he sits in his pass set very well and doesn't over extend. His ability to run block has been hampered by a broken wrist which requires him to wear a cast that clubs his left hand up for games. He is a very good blocker out in space and on the second level in the run game. His footwork and body positioning have improved this season with his run blocking. This has helped Burkett overcome the injury and allowed him to be an effective run blocker despite not be able to use his left hand to lock up on a defender. Burkett also has good balance, bends well and stays on his feet well.
Room for Improvement
The only thing stood out to me, that you would like to see him improve on, is coming off the ball lower. At times Burkett has a tendency to come out of his stance a little higher than you would like in the run game. His size and strength allow him to make up for this at the high school level. In pass-protection his initial punch could be more violent but this year the injury has limited the ability to use both hands as he normally would pass blocking.
Burkett is an outstanding prospect and is certainly worthy of the kind of offers he has received. He is smart, athletic, tough and a good leader. While he doesn't have the ideal height that most schools are looking for in an offensive tackle in college he has the athleticism to play there. His pass protection skills and fundamentals are further along than most high school prospect at this point in their careers. Burkett still has some things he can improve on fundamentally in the run game that will make him a better run blocker at the college level. Because of his athleticism and intelligence I think Burkett is a guy that could play any position on the offensive line in college.