TE Burke Sees Recruiting Spike after USAAB

The U.S. Army All-American game was a game-changer for Cardinal Newman (West Palm Beach, Fla.) tight end Matt Burke. Since competing in the event, Burke is seeing his interest from schools explode with just three more weeks until National Signing Day.

Cardinal Newman (West Palm Beach, Fla.) tight end Matt Burke's All-American performance started paying off as soon as he arrived for a week of practice in San Antonio, Texas.

A dozen schools are now back in the picture to some degree and, with three weeks until Signing Day, recruiting is changing drastically for the three-star Burke.

"Personally, it showed me and everyone that I can compete at that level," Burke said. "People saw that I can block 300-pound defensive ends and that I can hold my own. A lot of schools saw that and are back in the picture."

The first big payoff came over the weekend when Purdue extended a scholarship offer to go with the six Division I offers he already had. Burke will take his fourth official visit there this weekend.

Burke, who checks in at 6-foot-6, 215 pounds, is now in contact with Rutgers, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Cincinnati on top of the schools that have already offered.

"I'm really trying to figure it out now and taking it step-by-step," Burke said. "I didn't think everyone would blow back up like this. I guess I have to see who's really interested."

Rutgers was heavily involved with Burke in the summer, but contact decreased when the Scarlet Knights picked up two tight end commitments.

Burke spend time with Rutgers tight end coach Darnell Dinkins at the U.S. Army game, however, and the Scarlet Knights are now back in the picture.

"It was great to see [Dinkins] and talk to him because I like him a lot," Burke said. "Rutgers is a school I would definitely consider if they picked up recruiting me."

Burke does not have an offer, but is scheduled to speak with Dinkins this week with the dead period over.

Boise State, San Diego State and Harvard already hosted Burke on official visits and all are in the picture when it comes to decision time.

"I just got back from Harvard," Burke said. "You go there expecting everyone to be a genius, which they are, but I talked with a lot of them and we clicked well. … [The Ivy League] is great for academics and the football, I know it isn't the SEC or the Big Ten, but a lot of people pass up D-1 schools to get an education there."

Burke is eligible for one more official visit following Purdue this weekend, saying that he is looking at all of the new schools in the picture for a Jan. 25 visit.

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