Ohio Linebacker Stops By Evanston

La Salle (OH) linebacker Joe Burger capped off a two-day recruiting tour with a trip to Northwestern to see the Wildcats' practice on Saturday.

Thus far, Joe Burger (6'2, 228-lb) has three offers—all from MAC schools—and has received a lot of interest from Northwestern, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Iowa, Purdue, Michigan, and others.

This weekend, Burger took part in two college visits. His first stop was in West Lafayette to see Purdue, and on Saturday, he spent his day at Northwestern to see the Wildcats' Saturday scrimmage.

"It went well," Burger said. "It was nice getting up there and watching them get their scrimmage in. The team looked solid. It was a good visit."

During his visit, Burger sat in on the Wildcats' linebacker's meeting with Coach Randy Bates. That experience gave the linebacker the opportunity to see how Bates handles his players. After that, Burger took in Northwestern's two-hour scrimmage, and was very observant of the coaches.

"I sat in the position meeting, and he was really good teaching the kids, and teaching the fundamentals," Burger said. "I also like Coach Fitzgerald. He's really disciplined and I like the way he handles his team. They talked about mental focus, and I thought that was pretty neat."

At the conclusion of practice, Burger went on his own to tour Northwestern's campus, and was very impressed.

This trip wasn't Burger's first trip to Evanston. The linebacker was an attendee at one of Northwestern's summer camps in the summer of 2010. He plans on returning to a Northwestern summer camp in 2011, as well as many other camps.

"I'm going to try to attend as many camps as I can and try to perform well," he said. "Hopefully that will boost me."

Burger had a lot on his mind about Northwestern after departing campus, but he leaves feeling very positive about his visit.

It was very impressive," Burger said. "The coaches were impressive. All the kids were impressive. They were attentive but having a good time. It's high-energy. The campus was amazing to get a look at."

This season, Burger will move from strong-side linebacker to middle linebacker—a spot which he is most-comfortable at.

La Salle's standout linebacker is also a standout basketball player. Burger was a part of La Salle's state championship season in 2011. Joe is the younger brother of Bobby Burger, a former tight end at Notre Dame. Burger currently carries a 3.9 GPA.


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