Adding Burgess (along with El Camino's John Finau, who is a 2-star DT/NT/DE prospect already committed to K-State) in the 2008 commitment column would give KSU defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar some much needed relief. Not to mention would give K-State a pair of immovable linemen making the Wildcat D much more formidable against the run, and the talent necessary to mount a much needed pass rush, something they have been unable to do with level of consitency required to be one of the top defenses in the country.
Needless to say the 6-1, 300-pound DT/DE hailing from Georgia Military Institute is HUGE, and in more ways than one, for KSU.
"N.C. State offered and I'd have to say that they're No. 4 right now on my list," Burgess continued. "But it's really going to come down to the official visits."
Commitment Time Frame: "As afar as making a commitment goes I'm really going to play all of that by ear. I don't have a decision date in mind. I think I'm just going to take my official visits and then make the best decision for me."
Speaking of official visits, Burgess has just a couple lined up but is very likely to add a couple more on his intinerary in the immediate future.
"I'm going to Ole Miss November 16-18," Burgess said. "I have K-State scheduled December 13-15. And then I'm setting up the others (to Oklahoma State and N.C. State) soon."
Thoughts on his Favorites, in 1-2-3-4 Order:
(1.) On the Wildcats: "I've got K-State a little bit ahead right now. They've been keeping in touch with me a little bit more. I talk to (KSU DL) Coach Mo Latimore regularly and more than anybody else. I really can't tell you a whole bunch about them yet because I haven't been down there yet."
(2.) On the Cowboys: "Don't really know much about them. But I like the fact that (OSU DC) Coach Tim Beckman is a pretty straight-forward guy. He's honest and that's something you got to respect about him, Oklahoma State, and…"
(3.) On the Rebels: "I'm from Columbia, South Carolina; so, I from the South. And, and so the idea of playing in the SEC, closer to home, is appealing. Don't know much about them really either. But I do like them. I'm being recruited by (Mississippi TE) Coach Tony Hughes and (Mississippi DL) Coach Ryan Nielsen."
(4.) On the Pack: "I like them. They're close to home, an up-and-coming program, and a good place to go if I wanted to go in there and help rebuild them into a contender (in the ACC)."
Let's take a look at his JC freshman and sophomore stat packages below for even more insight.
Freshman Stats @ DE: (In just 7 games) I had 20 tackles, 10 TFLs, 6 sacks, 20 pressures, 5 QB knockdowns, 1 INT, 1 Tipped Pass, 1 FF, 1 FR."
Updated Sophomore Stats @ NG: (In 9 games) I had 24 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 5 QB knockdowns, 7 pressures, 1 INT (returned for a TD), 2 Tipped Passes, 1 FF and 1 FR."
Other Numbers/Notes to Consider…
Weight Room Numbers: "350 Bench, 515 Squat, 305 Power Clean."
Academics: Needing just four classes, Burgess said he is taking care of business in his studies and is "on pace to enroll in the Spring."
[Note by Stacey Dean: We've got even more on Burgess coming in our next edition of the Wildcat Nation Inside Scoop coming later this week. So stay tuned to KStateFans.com.]