Climbing Back

A big offensive lineman from Delaware was getting Division 1 looks before suffering a knee injury during the summer, and he's now in the process of rehabilitating both the injured joint and his D-1 hopes.

Sam Burrows (6-3, 315 lbs.) of Concord High School in Wilmington, Del., was primed for a good senior season when he tore his ACL playing football on the beach over the summer. He had surgery to repair the damage on July 14, and has been making steady progress in his recovery.

"I should be good to go in a couple of weeks," Burrows said of his rehab. "I hope to be able to get back on the field by the end of October and get a couple of games in."

Before the injury, Burrows was hearing from a number of schools, but some of them have backed away a bit to see how his rehab turns out. Three schools that have stuck with him are Syracuse, Delaware and West Virginia, but none have offered as yet.

"I hurt my knee right at the time offers started coming out, so I think that affected my recruiting," admitted the big lineman. "I'm leaning toward taking a year at prep school to show that I am o.k."

While West Virginia has not encouraged the Delaware native to go that route, some other schools have, and Burrows realizes that the extra year could allow him to strengthen his knee and attract more attention from other schools.

Meanwhile, Burrows is taking visits, and his first trip to WVU was a memorable one.

"I really liked the atmosphere of the stadium," he said. "Being in front of all those people was a real rush. I didn't know the stadium would be that big. The team played pretty well, too, and the loss didn't take anything away from the trip. We got to run out through the helmet before the game."


  • If Burrows goes the prep route, two schools under consideration are Hargrave Military Academy and the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J.

  • Burrows hasn't let the injury get to him.

    "It's definitely been frustrating to not play, but I've been able to deal with it. I go to the games and practices, and help out the coaches when I can."

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