Varina DL Looks Forward To Challenge

Although he knows the challenge of college will be more difficult, Varina High School's Kevin Burke hopes the transition will be as smooth as the one he made in high school.

"It wasn't a big problem," Burke said of the switch from offense to defense between his junior and senior years. "In fact, it helped me a little. I was able to use how offensive guys blocked to help me learn my defensive moves."

Burke, a quick and mobile lineman, will likely start out at defensive end for the Mountaineers. That's the position he played for Varina, racking up 76 tackles and ten sacks as a senior.

"My quickness is probably my best assest," Burke told "I like to get off the ball, get rid of the blocker and find the ball as quickly as I can."

Burke's ten sacks also attest to his expertise as a pass rusher, where he employs his favorite move, the swim, to get to opposing quarterbacks.

"The swim is probably one of my favorites. It helps me use my speed on the pass rush," Burke said.

Burek was impressed with the academic portion of his visit to West Virginia, citing it as one of the key reasons for his committal.

"The people were all really nice, and I liked the academic process they showed me. It was really good."

(Recruits on visits to WVU meet not only with the football coaches, but also with several different people from the academic side, including counselors and a professor from the recruit's chosen field.)

On the field, Burke says he'd like to play as a freshman, but that redshirting would not be a problem.

"The coaches told us that everyone gets a tryout early, and if they think we can help we'lll get a chance to play. If I don't, that's ok, but I'd like to play this year," Burke said with a laugh.

A teammate of current Virginia Tech defensive tackle Jonathan Lewis at Varina, Burke is also excited about meeting the Hokies on the field.

"I'm looking forward to playing against him. That will be fun."

Mountaineer fans will likely have fun of their own watching Burke in years to come.

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