FADOOL: Justin Burke pleased to get early offer

In a state that's produced several successful college quarterbacks in recent years, Justin Burke is generating the biggest buzz around. The 6-foot-2, 187-pounder already has scholarship offers from Kentucky and Louisville, but tack on Michigan State, Northwestern and Purdue as others wanting the services of Burke.

Lexington Catholic quarterback Justin Burke garnering a lot of attention from big-time college football programs across the country.

In a state that's produced several successful college quarterbacks in recent years, Burke is generating the biggest buzz around. The 6-foot-2, 187-pounder already has scholarship offers from Kentucky and Louisville, but tack on Michigan State, Northwestern and Purdue as others wanting the services of Burke.

Also on the national scene, the likes of Michigan, Georgia, Miami, Notre Dame and Wake Forest also showing heightened interest and making the trip to Lexington to see Burke in action.

All the attention isn't lost on the upcoming high school senior signal caller.

"That's one of the craziest parts, you see all these teams on TV and think ‘they're great.' Then all of a sudden, they're knocking on your door. So, obviously, it's a compliment and that's how I'm taking it."

His coach, Bob Sphire, believes the early offers are good for Burke, but expects to see many more once schools see him throw in person.

"Without question, this is the most attention I've had, recruiting wise, on a player at this stage. It really started last Spring, coming off his sophomore year," Sphire said.

Starting for the Knights for two years, Burke has completed 312 of 509 attempts for a 61% completion rate.

He's thrown for 4,945 yards and 58 touchdowns with only 11 interceptions. And all Burke knows how to do is win, going 20-4 as a starter.

So you can see why Sphire has a lot of confidence in his quarterback. "I don't think there's any offense out there in America that he couldn't run successfully. There are a few that would be more to his expertise than others though," Sphire added.

Burke is pleased to receive an early offer from the Cats, especially since UK will only have three quarterbacks on scholarship. But, he says he still isn't sure where he'll play his college ball and probably won't decide until the upcoming season is over. But first, Burke says he would like to add something else besides scholarship offers to his trophy case – a state title.


Amy Fadool is a 2004 graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is the sports reporter for WKYT-TV in Lexington, Ky. and also the Fox 56 Ten O'clock News Sports Anchor. We are pleased to have Amy as a contributing writer for Kentucky Sports Report.

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