Maryland’s 757 recruiter, Chris Beatty, tapped back into his stomping grounds once again May 24. With the spring evaluation period coming to a close, the Terps’ receivers’ coach tossed out another offer to a Bishop Sullivan Catholic (Virginia Beach, Va.) recruit, defensive end/outside linebacker Dante Burke
The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder, who is forecast for the hybrid BUCK role in Maryland’s defense, said he was excited to finally land the offer he’d been expecting for awhile.
“I had a feeling it was coming soon,” said Burke, who previously had looks from Georgia Tech, Rutgers, Temple, ECU and various others. “Coach Beatty had wanted me to come up for a visit first to presumably offer me in person, but I haven’t been able to get up there. But then I got a text from my coaches [May 24] that the offer was on the table anyway. I was excited.”
Burke said he was supposed to join Maryland’s three class of 2017 signees out of Bishop Sullivan – Breyon and Brandon Gaddy and Tahj Capehart – and 2018 commit Tyler DeSue on a trip to College Park, Md. The visit didn’t materialize since Burke was busy, but the edge rusher should be trekking north to UMD sometime in late June.
“Maryland is pretty close by, so I like that,” Burke said. “And, actually, I have been up there once before a couple years ago. My grandfather is a professor there in marine biology and scuba diving. So I went up to visit him and had a chance to see the campus and the stadium. The campus was beautiful and it’s a great area. I’m going to be talking to my grandpa again real soon to see when I can visit him this summer and then go over and check out [the football program].”
Burke will be speaking to his grandfather shortly, but apparently he hasn’t talked about Maryland much with the likes of DeSue, the Gaddys or Capehart.
“Not really, they don’t really talk about Maryland that much. I’m closest with the Gaddys,” Burke said. “The one thing they told me is that the defensive playbook is pretty extensive and different than what we do here at Bishop Sullivan, so it takes some adjusting, but beyond that we don’t really talk about schools.
“It would be great to play alongside those guys again, though. But we’ll have to see. It doesn’t affect me a whole lot where [other recruits] are going.”
Maybe not, but a relationship with a coach certainly does. Burke has been developing a rapport with Beatty for a couple months, and they had a chance to meet earlier during the evaluation period when the assistant stopped by Bishop Sullivan.
“We’ve talked on Twitter a few times, and he was down here for our pro day,” Burke said. “He’s mainly been telling me how I have to come up for a visit, which I plan to do now. But he’s a really cool, nice and honest person. He’ll tell you straight up where you stand, which I appreciate. He has told me a little about Maryland too, but not a whole lot yet.”
Just minutes before landing the UMD offer, Burke snagged one from Georgia Tech. It was his second ACC look, and it’s another program he’s planning to see in June.
“The Georgia Tech coach came down and saw me work out, and then the offer was there,” Burke said. “I know they have a good D-line coach and develop their guys. That was a big offer too.”
But while Tech and Maryland were Burke’s most recent looks, he said one program that’s been on him since February may be resonating.
“I talk to the Rutgers coaches like every day,” Burke said. “Like, at least one of their coaches texts me each day to see how I’m doing. I’m getting up there June 17 to see what they’re about.”
Before hitting Rutgers, Burke will be at Temple June 16. He does not have set dates for proposed trips to Ga Tech or Maryland.
Burke said he’s unsure what other offers may materialize the rest of this spring and summer. He also let on it’s difficult to gauge exactly who is interested, “because we’ve had like every college in the country come through here to see us.”
Burke originally wanted to choose a college later during the summer, but he’s since backed off that statement. He said he’s like to take official visits during the fall and then decide on a school following his senior season.
Burke is coming off a season where he recorded five sacks, an interception, two fumbles recoveries and three return scores.