"Man, it was hard to pick only one," Burgess, explaining the decision making process said, "I wish I could play for all three. But I went with N.C. State."
"My mom said she wanted to see me play and as I thought about the last game I played at Georgia Military Institute as her last home game I just could not see myself doing that. I want my mom and family to be able to come and watch me play."
"Coach O'Brien had a lot of success at Boston College and I think he is going to have early success at NC State too," Burgess said. "He's a smart coach. Also, I was pretty close to Keith Willis who was assigned to recruit me. But in the end, I just wanted to stick closer to home so my mom, and my family, could come see me play."
Burgess has concluded all his course work at Georgia Military College and made his decision after consulting with his family in South Carolina. He is eligible to enroll at NC State early next month and he will be able to participate in spring practice.
Burgess was a two-year starter at Georgia Military College. As a freshman, he played just seven games, starting at defensive end. He totaled 20 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, six sacks, 20 quarterback pressures, five quarterback knockdowns, one interception, a batted pass, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.
This season, the 6-foot-1, 300-pounder moved to nose guard, and in nine games he finished with 24 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, five quarterback knockdowns, seven quarterback pressures, an interception returned for a touchdown, two pass breakups, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.
He will have three years to play two seasons. Burgess has garnered offers from NC State, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Mississippi, and Troy among others.
Burgess is NC State's 20th commitment in the 2008 class, and the Wolfpack's first junior college verbal. He is also the Pack's second defensive line commitment, joining Hargrave Military Academy's Kyle Linney.
Pack Pride will have more on his commitment in the near future so stay tuned!