Irish Ties Strong In Burger Family

With family ties to Notre Dame, Joe Burger of Cincinnati (Ohio) LaSalle knows his chances of earning a scholarship from the Irish may be low. However, that has not stopped a couple of programs from making early offers and interest being shown from both sides.

Coming off a State Championship in basketball this past weekend, Joe Burger (6-foot-2, 228-pounds) is enjoying a dream year at LaSalle; Burger spoke with Irish Eyes about his recruiting and state championship.

"Winning a state championship is still sinking in right now. I am sure it will be something in twenty years I will look back upon."

If winning a state title was not enough, Burger was also part something special this past football season.

"It was really neat to be part of only the second team in LaSalle history to win a GCL Championships. It was an amazing experience to see all the hard work we put in the past few years payoff and earn something that was well deserved."

While basketball has been at the center of his attention, football recruiting is starting to heat up with a couple of programs having already offered.

"I have offers from Buffalo and Miami Ohio at this time and hearing from a lot of Big Ten schools and Big East schools."

As for interest in Notre Dame, Burger did not waste any time talking highly about the football program of school.

"Notre Dame would be at the top of the echelon for me. That is our families' school as my father, two uncles and brother all attended there. I have spoken with Coach (Tim) Hinton before and I am looking forward to attending camp this summer and show that I can perform at a high level and see what happens after that."

His father, who was part of Notre Dame history playing for a National Championship team, is always there to give his son things to think about.

"As a player my father has been able to give me little critiques after each game. With my brother we have learned how to approach schools and stay in contact with schools."

Despite holding scholarship offers, even if Notre Dame would not offer, Joe would give the Irish heavy consideration as a possible walk-on.

"That is one of those things I would have to look at. However, if I have scholarship offers from some Big Ten schools, it would be very hard to pass those up."

At this time besides the two offers, Joe is hearing from Wisconsin, Northwestern, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois and Iowa."

As a player, Joe knows he has a few things to work on.

"Right now I feel my instincts and ability to read players while using power to get off blocks is my strength. I do need to continue working on my speed and how I work in space. Playing basketball this year I feel has helped me."

We will continue to check in with Joe in the coming weeks following any interest he may receive from Notre Dame. Top Stories