NW NIKE camp report - Brandon Burmeister

Brandon Burmeister is a 6-5, 185-pound receiver prospect from Mercer Island, Washington, and earlier in the year we had received some information that after playing his sophomore season for the Islanders, Brandon was going to put up his football cleats for good and concentrate on his other love - hoops. When we made it to Eugene, we saw Brandon with those cleats back on. It was a welcome sight indeed.

"It's a lot of fun getting back on the field," Brandon told Dawgman.com about his decision to come down and participate at the NIKE camp. "Right now I would like to play both (football and basketball) in college. I'm still trying to decide if I'm going to go to the U-Dub football camp and I'm thinking of going to a couple of basketball camps."

As a sophomore, Brandon caught 22 passes for 500 yards and 4 touchdowns. He played hoops only last year, leading Mercer Island to a title berth before eventually submitting defeat to UW-bound Nate Robinson and Rainier Beach this past winter.

Testing-wise, Burmeister showed that the rust is coming off quickly, running a 4.65 40, 4.2 shuttle and jumping 30 inches in the vertical leap. It's his hope that enough schools will allow him the opportunity to try football and basketball at the next level.

"It's about the same (recruiting attention), but I'm hearing more for basketball right now," Brandon said. "For both sports, I'm hearing from U-Dub, UCLA, Arizona and Oregon. They've all been recruiting me a little bit, plus some smaller schools for basketball."

Offers? "Nothing I'm satisfied with yet. Nevada for basketball, but really, nothing that I've liked so far."

The genes are certainly there. His father, Bob, played for the Huskies and was a two-year letterwinner in 1969 and 1970. "He just wants me to do what I want to do," about the elder Burmeister's fatherly advice. "He told me about his experiences playing football there and he loved it. I'm just going to wait and see and see how things play out."

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