Ohio Lineman D.J. Burris Commits to Minnesota

D.J. Burris, a 6-foot-2, 273-pound guard/center from Kenton (OH) High, has committed to Minnesota. Burris attended the Minnesota-Florida Atlantic game as part of his official visit this weekend and committed Sunday.

D.J. Burris has led Kenton to a 2-2 start after losing their first two games. Burris is hoping that the comeback after dropping their first two contests is a good sign. Kenton won the Ohio Division IV state title during Burris' freshman season after starting the year 0-2. They finished last season 5-5.

Burris is among the growing list of players from the Buckeye state to commit to Minnesota. He said that he really enjoyed his visit and decided to commit on Sunday.

"The biggest reason was that I thought that I could fit in. I liked the players and coaches. I had a great relationship with coach Mitch Browning. He was awesome. Coach Mason was great with me."

Burris is a four-year starter on the offensive line and a two-year starter at defensive end. He has played exclusively at offensive guard, but said that he is being projected as a center in college.

"They are looking at me mostly as a center. I've played some center this year and played one game at tackle. I can play all three positions."

Burris had a busy summer as he attended camps at West Virginia, Ohio State, Michigan State, Ball State, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Illinois, Minnesota and Wake Forest and several seven-on-seven camps.

Burris attended the Gopher camp for one day, but caught the eye of the Gopher assistants. They also received verbal commitments from campers Andy Brinkhaus of Bloomington Jefferson and Justin Jenson of Elk River.

Burris said that he has a 25-inch vertical and is one of the strongest linemen in the country. He bench pressed 185 pounds 32 times at one camp and was seemingly disappointed in that number. He has done 25 reps of 225 and did a 375-pound bench at the state power-lifting meet last year and added a 660 squat. Burris also had a 47-foot shot put and a 140-foot discus throw in competition.

Burris won the big school Unlimited Weight Class in May with a 575-pound squat, 575-pound deadlift, and 385-pound bench press.

Burris has a 3.3 GPA and scored 18 on the ACT. He took the test in the beginning of his junior year and plans to re-take the test be able to major in something in the medical field.

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