Virginia Tech’s coaches certainly knew of Brunswick County (Lawrenceville, VA) rising junior Xavier Burke prior to last Saturday’s one-day camp. A scholarship offer was a possibility, but it wasn’t a definite until the 6’3″, 245-pound tight end/defensive line prospect turned in strong performances in both the early morning testing and afternoon drills/one-on-ones.
The 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, and vertical jump are traditionally part of the testing session at Virginia Tech’s one-day camps. Burke didn’t know his shuttle time, but he felt good about what he did in the 40 (4.8 seconds) and the vertical leap (27 inches). He felt especially good, though, about his work in the afternoon. Burke did defensive line and tight end drills, and then he worked with the tight ends in the one-on-ones.
“I felt I did great,” Burke said, referring to his afternoon performance at tight end. “The moves we were working on in drills, I applied them in the one-on-ones. To be honest, I was killing those linebackers.
“Once I showed the coaches my talent and how athletic I am, I think they were amazed and decided to offer.”
Indeed, primary recruiter Bryan Stinespring was in contact on Tuesday night. He spoke with Brunswick County head coach Harold L. Williams and Burke, informing both parties that a Virginia Tech offer was being extended. The next day, the talented rising junior accepted the offer.
“Virginia Tech was always one of the top schools I wanted to go to. When the offer came, I took it,” said Burke, who had never been to Blacksburg before last Saturday. “After talking to my parents [Tuesday night], I finally made the decision [on Wednesday]. I talked to Coach Stinespring and told him I’m ready to be a Hokie.”
“[Stinespring’s] reaction was crazy,” Burke added. “He went off when I told him. I’m still on Cloud 9. Just being able to get a full ride to a top 10 school, it feels great.”
So what was it about Virginia Tech that made Burke feel so comfortable?
“What made me feel comfortable was just the atmosphere and being around the coaches,” Burke answered.
His relationship with Stinespring was a plus as well.
“I think it’s a good relationship,” Burke said. “He likes to have fun, and I like to have fun.”
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