LeRoy Burgess Pulls Commitment Trigger

6-1, 295-pound Leroy Burgess elects to stick closer to home by pulling the commitment trigger in favor of N.C. State over Kansas State and Oklahoma State. "It was extremely hard to tell the coaches No," but that is exactly what he made sure he did before we tossed out his "Burgess to the Wolfpack" commitment story.

This was one of the toughest decisions LeRoy Burgess has ever made in his life...

"Man, it was hard to pick only one," Burgess explaining the decision making process said, "I wish I could play for all three. But I went with N.C. State."

"My mom said she wanted to see me play and as I thought about the last game I played at Georgia Military Institute as her last home game I just could not see myself doing that. I want my mom and family to be able to come and watch me play."

Burgess' parents live in South Carolina. So one can see how proximity played a role in the 4-star (per KStateFans.com) trench warrior's decision. But there were a couple of other factors leading him to the Wolfpack.

"Coach O'Brien had a lot of success at Boston College and I think he is going to have early success at B.C. too," Burgess said. "He's a smart coach. Also, I was pretty close to Keith Willis who was assigned to recruit me. But in the end, I just wanted to stick closer to home so my mom, and my family, could come see me play."

Thoughts On Kansas State: "I will always love K-State. They were my first offer and I will never forget that. I wish they were closer to home so I could have gone there. And Coach Mo Latimore is as cool as anyone out there. I had great time on my visit. I almost wish I had not taken the trip to Manhattan because it just made everything that much more difficult to tell you the truth."

On Oklahoma State: "I thought it was cool how Coach Tim Beckman came to my house to do an in-home visit. You know he is from Ohio State and all and now at Oklahoma State as their defensive coordinator. And then on my official visit to Stillwater I will always remember the one-on-one conversation I had with head coach Mike Gundy. No one really knows how cool he is but I did when we sat down to talk, just me and him. So, it's tough to tell those guys, "No," too. I also really liked Coach Todd Meachem too. He used to coach at GMI. So, it was a lot of fun talking to Coach Meach..."

What N.C. State lands is a country kid who is mostly quiet, keeps to himself, a yes-sir, no-sir kid with a work ethic of an iron worker. We broke through with LeRoy and he has a funny side to him too. But you got to get closer to him to see it. We did and wish LeRoy the best!

SOPH Season Stat Package: "30+ tackles, 16.5 TFLs, 6.5 sacks, 7-8 QB knockdowns, 40 pressures, 2 Tipped Passes."

Weight Room Numbers: "This past summer I benched 355, squat was 525 and my power clean was 305."

Other Notes to Consider...

Eligibility:Burgess enrolls in the spring and has three years to play two.

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