Louisville standing out on Burgess' list

A pair of Big East programs have caught the attention of James Burgess, a talented 6-0, 205-pound linebacker from Homestead, Fla., who has landed several BCS offers.

James Burgess, a talented 6-0, 205-pound linebacker from Homestead, Fla., has landed several BCS offers this spring, including ones from Louisville, Oregon, West Virginia, Clemson, LSU and North Carolina.

One program standing out on Burgess' list – Charlie Strong's rising Louisville program – has caught his eye during the recruiting process.

"[Louisville] upcoming team has a lot of good freshman coming in from high school and a lot of those players, Teddy Bridgewater, Eli Rogers, are where I'm from - Dade County," Burgess said. "I didn't know those guys but it's a good look for me because everyone around here is the same kind of people – they have that swag, that attitude. Louisville looks like a good school, and they're talking to my parents as well."

Burgess maintains frequent contact with Louisville defensive line coach Clint Hurtt, the 2011 National Recruiter of the Year. Hurtt landed several Miami-Dade standouts for the Cardinals last year, including Bridgewater, Rogers and U.S. Army All-American Gerod Holliman.

"The last time I spoke to him was a couple weeks ago, but I keep in touch with him," Burgess said. "He's a great man and he's real respectable. He's a person I have a lot of respect for. He's a great recruiter and he's good at his job. I'm looking to see what they're going to do this year and depending on how my recruitment goes I might end up there….right now I like what I see [from L'ville]."

This summer, Burgess, who runs a 4.55 forty-yard dash, may make a few unofficial visits to programs in the state of Florida. As for schools outside the state, he'll make official visits in the fall to those programs.

"I'm going to take some unofficial visits this summer, probably to the Florida schools," Burgess said. "It's pointless to waste my official visits on schools in Florida when I live in Florida. My official visits are going to be outside of Florida, probably. I want to see the world and travel."

Last month, Burgess told Scout.com that his three favorites were Louisville, USF and Alabama. This month, Burgess, who recorded 132 tackles last season, received new offers from West Virginia, North Carolina, Ole Miss and Rutgers. Have the new offers changed the teams at the top of his list?

"That's kind of still the case, but with these new offers you have to reconsider things," Burgess said. "New offers, Ole Miss and West Virginia caught my eye."

What does he like about those three programs? "They're big schools that are always going to be in bowl games," said Burgess.

What about Louisville? "I'm definitely still feeling Louisville," Burgess said. "I'm hoping to visit there."

One school not under consideration is Miami, where his father played in the 90's. Burgess said he wants to go somewhere and start his own identity, out of his father's shadow.

"I'm just tired of being compared to my father," said Burgess. "I want to move on, go to another place and make my own footsteps and start my own path. It really doesn't matter if I stay in state or go away, wherever I land is where I land. Education has to be good and they have to have my major, which is Sports Administration. And I'm looking for a family bond where the players come back and have that same bond."


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