Burgess Looking For A Chance

After missing his junior season at Shaker Heights (OH), wide receiver Derrick Burgess is back on the field, and showing off his physical skills once again. Burgess is getting recruiting looks, and is hoping for a shot at college football.

Shaker Heights (OH) has a roster loaded with outstanding skill people on offense, but the most talented player might be senior wide receiver Derrick Burgess.

Burgess, 6-foot-4, 195-pounds, is back on the field after missing his junior season due to an off-field accident. As a sophomore, he caught 30 passes for over 500 yards, with two touchdowns.

As a senior, Burgess is playing both ways, at wide receiver and safety, and his physical skills are impressive. College recruiters have him back on their radar again.

"I do have schools checking me out, which is all I can ask for," Burgess stated. "My grades are good and my coaches will vouch for my character. I just want the chance to play college football somewhere."

"Pittsburgh has been in the school to talk to me, and I love that school," he added. "Miami of Ohio is very interested, and I like them as well. Pitt said they are recruiting me as a safety, and I'm on their board. I don't care what position schools want me to play, and I'm open to play anywhere."

"I visited Miami and really liked the campus a lot," he continued. "I'm speaking with Indiana and Purdue, and the Purdue coach was in our school. I'm looking to visit Purdue in the next few weeks."

His play on the field has been very good, and he has regained his skills after missing his junior season.

"I'm playing really well, but I know I can be better," Burgess said. "It kills me that I missed last season, because I was starting to really come on, and the accident set me back. Only in the last few weeks have I started to play like I know I can."

EVALUATION: There are plenty of players on BCS rosters today that do not possess the raw skills of Derrick Burgess. He is a long-armed, quick-twitch, athlete that can play either side of the ball. I like him best as a wide receiver, where he can use his body and his jumping ability to cause matchup problems for the defense.

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