2008 Kentucky Wildcat football recruiting update from Kentucky Sports Report's Rob Gidel. Click inside to read the entire article.
La Salle HS
On making his decision: "My uncle and aunt live in Lexington with there kids and they've always talked about Kentucky," Burden said. "It's also close enough for my family to drive down to see me."
When it comes to a great combination of size and speed for an offensive lineman, Cincinnati (OH) La Salle product Chandler Burden offers up the great balance as good as anyone in the country. Size (6-5) and speed (4.86) make him a rare commodity in the world of football recruiting.
His shuttle speed (4.68) is even more impressive for his frame. At the size he currently stands, Burden should be able to impress enough early to be a candidate for early playing time at Kentucky. I had him rated the number one offensive lineman UK was recruiting, because of the range he covers and the fact he's so versatile
Alot of people have continuously criticized Kentucky football staff's in the past about not utilizing the state of Ohio enough. With the commitment from a La Salle HS product, the Wildcats are dipping into unchartered waters and a feeder program that produces 2-3 legitament top division 1a kids a year .. sometimes more.
The staff has done an outstanding job at finding future offensive lineman, utilizing a blueprint for success that has discovered several standout offensive lineman from seemingly no where. Burden started every game this past year on the offensive line, but played some nose guard towards the end of the year. According to his coaches, he'll more than likely do the same this upcoming year. The staff has seemingly found a blueprint for success with finding defensive lineman who can make the move to the opposite side of the ball.
What the experts are saying:
Scout.com regional recruiting manager Bob Lichtenfels believes the Wildcats filled its desire to add an offensive lineman, well.
"It took all of five minutes and watching the first set of agility drills for Burden to catch our collective eye," Lichtenfels wrote following Scout.com's Combine in Cincinnati in April. "He is a very solid 270 pounds and has outstanding feet. He looks like an athlete playing on the defensive line."
Lichtenfels credited the La Salle product as being one of the few standouts at the combine, desite playing on the line.
"Burden got after it in the one-on-ones and just narrowly lost the MVP honors to his teammate DeVier Posey," Lichtenfels recalled. "We expect Burden to see a lot of interest over the next few months."