LB Burgess Talking to Two Schools the Most

Homestead (FLA) linebacker James Burgess is already attracting recruiting interest from several top BCS programs and the 6-foot, 205-pound prospect says he's keeping in contact with two school the most. Read on for all the details.

One of the emerging top linebacker candidates for the class of 2012 is Homestead linebacker James Burgess Jr. The 6-foot, 205-pound prospect displayed good athleticism and coverage skills while playing for Hard Knocks during the Badger Sport elite 7on7 several weeks ago.

"That was a lot of fun and it was a great experience," said Burgess. "That was my first time playing on a 7on7 team outside of my school and it was great playing with the best of the best out there. I think I showed that besides playing in the middle and tackling, I can cover as well."

Burgess comes from some good football bloodlines as his father played linebacker at the University of Miami and Junior has shown he has it on the field as well. In 2010 Burgess was one of the leading tacklers in the entire country with 132 tackles, to go with his six pass deflections, one interception, and one caused fumble as a junior. He also says what makes him a good ball player.

"Besides my physical nature, I'm a student of the game and I study a lot of film," said Burgess. "I call out the defenses and notice the little things on the offensive play calling."

On the recruiting front schools have taken notice of Burgess and have extended early offers as he claims nine from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, South Florida, LSU, Miami, Louisville, Pittsburgh, and Minnesota. With an impressive list of offers Burgess has difficulty in naming a short list of favorites.

"It's really hard and right now I have no idea," said Burgess. "I know the teams I stay in contact the most and there's two, USF and Alabama. I keep in touch with Coach Hargreaves from USF and Coach Stoutland from Alabama."

Burgess talks about what makes him stay in contact the most with those two programs.

"I feel like I connect with those two coaches," said Burgess. "They're very cool, down to earth and I like the way they talk and conduct themselves."

The stand-out linebacker prospect says he's been talking to Coach Hargreaves for several months and there's a connection.

"Coach Hargreaves talks to me about my character, about my grades and making sure I'm doing what I need to in the classroom," said Burgess. "He likes me as a middle linebacker and says he likes his best athletes on the inside. He also knows my father and seems like cool guy and a good coach."

Even though he was on the campus of USF for the 7on7 tournament he hasn't really got a chance to see the school, but that should change soon.

"When we were at the camp my coach was supposed to take me and Tory Clayton to go see the campus, but after we lost we just went home" said Burgess. "My Coach is supposed to take me to their spring game so I can check them out."

Burgess said he is somewhat familiar with the USF football program and has seen them play a few times.

"I know they're good and they're on the rise and won their bowl game this year and last year too," said Burgess. "That's the type of team I'd like to be on, a team that's an upcoming program and on the rise and stuff like that."

"I saw them play Miami and they had a lot of penetration," said Burgess. "That's what I like when the linebackers have a good D-line in front and they give the linebackers a chance to run around and make plays."

With his father James Sr. playing at Miami there is a connection to the Hurricanes and their linebacker coach.

"Yeah Coach Barrow he went to homestead and knows my whole family and there's a lot of love there."

Burgess has already visited UF and besides plans to attend the USF spring Game, Burgess also plans on being busy this spring and summer.

"I know I'm going to the Florida spring game and to UM'," said Burgess." I also plan on going to the FSU camp this summer."

As to when he might be making his college choice, it appears it won't be for some time.
"It won't be early, I'm going to take my time and do my research," Burgess said. "I may not make my choice until signing day."

The coveted linebacker prospect knows what factors are most important to him when it comes down to making a college choice.

"I'm looking at academics and that they have what I want to major in which is sports administration," said Burgess. "I'm also looking at the bond I feel there, the tradition and if I play for a school, can I go back in ten years and talk to the kids and have an effect on their lives. I'm looking for that bond, connection and where everybody is tight like a family."

Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we follow James Burgess JR.'s recruitment and the rest of the class of 2012


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