Burke Maps Out Visits

Tyler Burke was an instrumental part in helping his team to the Quad-A state championship game. He talks about some of the schools involved in his recruitment.

Tyler Burke earned first-team all-conference honors, first-team all-area, first-tean all-southeast Pennsylvania and second-team all-state honors this past season for Coatesville (PA). Burke finished with 230 tackles in 17 total games, with 10 sacks and two interceptions.

Burke reports offers from Temple, Maryland, N.C. State and Massachusetts so far. Most recently, he was at the Pitt junior day.

"It was a nice place," Burke said. "They took us to the basketball game. Pitt won, so that was pretty fun. They took us around all the facilities. Those are real nice too."

Burke said he briefly met head coach Paul Chryst, but spent most of his time with linebackers coach Chris Haering.

"The head coach, Paul Chryst, he was off to the Super Bowl," Burke said. "He talked, then he had to catch a flight. I got to meet with (Haering). They were all good guys."

One of the highlights at the basketball game that day was getting on ovation from the fans, while the recruits were taking their seats.

"Oh yeah, that was good," Burke said. "I didn't know that was going to happen. That was good."

Burke doesn't have a Pitt offer yet, but says the coaching staff left a pretty good impression with him. He says Pitt is a school he will take into consideration.

"I would definitely go back and take an official visit," Burke said. "I'll see how things play out, but I will definitely put them in consideration."

Burke's football season lasted well into December, playing in the state championship game. Now, he's focused on helping his basketball team. The basketball team started off 1-4 without several key members of the football team. Since the football players, including Burke, returned to the hardwood, Coatesville has gone 17-2, including an 11-1 record in district play. Burke is focused on a playoff run in basketball as well.

"I have been invited to a ton of junior days, but it's going to be tough to get to a lot of these schools because of basketball playoffs," Burke said. "I can't miss. I don't think I'll plan on any visits until after the season."

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