Mike's Take: Miami LB commitment

Miami just landed a commitment from one of the area's top linebacker prospects so lets take a closer look.

James Burgess committed to Miami today.

What to Like: Athletically, you'll have a hard time finding a better linebacker prospect than Burgess. He can run with most receivers and has the athleticism that rivals a lot of major college safety prospects. His production numbers have been very good in high school. He makes a lot of plays because he's very athletic, he plays hard, and he understands the game very well. He has a good football IQ, some of which probably can be attributed to the fact that his father (also named James) played linebacker at the University of Miami. He loves to compete, went to numerous camps to showcase his skills (even when he had all the offers he wanted), and he's just a kid who plays the game at a high level and with a lot of energy. It'll be hard to find kids who will be willing to out-hustle or out-work him.

What may concern you: He lacks ideal size for a major college linebacker prospect. At 6-feet and 205 pounds, he will need to gain more weight and become more physical at the point of attack. He can get away with it at the prep level but things change in college. He'll always do well in coverage and in space but when there are a lot of bodies around, he'll need to become more assertive with his size and strength.

Bottom Line: He was well known to Miami fans at an early age because of his father's history as a Hurricane. Burgess earned an offer at Miami's camp last month and it was the last of pretty much all the major schools who recruit in Florida. Recruited like a four-star prospect, Burgess becomes Miami's fifth linebacker commitment and that still may not put an end to this year's LB class at The U.


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