Name: LeRoy Burgess
Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina
Junior College: Georgia Military College
Position: Defensive Tackle
Notes: Burgess officially visited Ole Miss, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and NC State before making his decision to run with the Pack on December 18. In the end, Burgess' decision came down to the three "state" schools. Kansas State was the first school to offer and that played a significant factor in his recruiting.
However, the Pack had location on their side and that proved pivotal in State's favor. With his parents living in South Carolina, only the Wolfpack gave Burgess the ability to play in front of his parents on a routine basis. He will arrive at NC State this summer and will have three years to play two.
A two-year starter at GMC, Burgess played his freshman season as a nose guard in the team's 3-4 scheme. After moving into the starting lineup early in the season, he finished with 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 he moved to defensive end, freeing him up to apply more pressure on the quarterback. The 6-foot-1, 300-pounder totaled 30+ tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, five quarterback knockdowns, nearly 40 quarterback pressures, an interception return for a touchdown, two pass breakups, two fumbles recoveries, and a forced fumble.
Burgess has been rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com.
Coach Quote #1: "LeRoy was a tremendous leader and pace setter on and off the field for us. He was driven and came to work every day to make himself and his team better." -- GMC head coach Bert Williams
Coach Quote #2: "LeRoy is a first-class guy that played with great tenacity and a bunch of guts. He is a great leader on and off the field that did whatever it took to get the job done." GMC defensive line coach Victor Cabral
Scouting Report: Burgess flashes explosiveness you won't find in many 6-foot-1, 300-pound defensive linemen. Quick enough to come off the edge as a defensive end and strong enough to play inside at nose guard, his versatility is a plus. He has abnormally long arms and uses his hands well to blow by opposing offensive linemen. A high-motor kid, Burgess plays until the whistle blows and shows that he can run plays down all over the field.
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