Javon Burruss Hopes To Follow Jeff Allen

Any big, strong relative of former Fighting Illini offensive line star Jeff Allen has to be good, right? At least, that's the hope with Allen's nephew Javon Burruss. Only an upcoming sophomore, Burruss has a body size ready for college, and he's working to develop a game to match.

Javon Burruss is a 2015 offensive line prospect at Chicago De La Salle. He attended an Illinois summer camp at Chicago Mt. Carmel High School and felt he performed well.

"I think I did pretty well. The highlights were when we did the shuttle run, the jumping and my lineman drills. I did pretty well in the one-on-ones. I maintained my ground."

The 6'-5", 309 pounder must transform his body to improve his athleticism. But his uncle, former Illini line star Jeff Allen, lost weight and worked hard on conditioning to earn a scholarship offer. After four years as a starter for Illinois, he was picked in the recent NFL draft.

If Burruss can follow Allen's lead, perhaps he can have similar success. He played varsity ball as a freshman, and he feels he has improved a lot since.

"I've improved on my kick blocking, my outside blocking, getting inside and moving my feet, getting into the blocks."

Of course, there is plenty to learn.

"The main thing I want to work on is getting off the ball faster. And just getting better."

De La Salle sports bookend tackles the envy of most high school teams. Opposite Burruss is upcoming junior Jamarco Jones, who already has multiple offers from high major programs including Illinois.

"It's good because we've been playing since grammar school together. We have the chemistry, and we can work together on the line."

The Meteors enjoyed a winning season in 2011.

"My team did good. We lost three games, to Bishop Mac, Mt Carmel and Fenwick the last game of the season."

Burruss is looking forward to this fall and a chance to improve on last year's record.

"We have a lot of guys coming back, and more guys added to the team. I'm pumped about the season."

Burruss isn't ready for college offers to surface, but he has the bloodlines and support to succeed if he is willing to put in the effort. He is certainly someone to follow the rest of his high school career. There is no doubt one school will be on his wish list.

"I have a high interest level in Illinois."


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