Burke Reflects On Junior Combine

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Brunswick (Lawrenceville, VA) standout Xavier Burke took time out from playing varsity basketball to travel to San Antonio last week for the U.S. Army All-American Junior Football Combine.  Burke, a junior who has verbally committed to Virginia Tech’s football program, reflected on his experience and performance last week.

“I arrived on Thursday morning and the combine was on Friday,” Burke said.  “Everything was great and organized.  The [2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl] on Saturday was real exciting.

“When I arrived on Thursday, they had the bench press.  I chose not to do it because I didn’t think I was ready.  I measured in at 6’2 1/2″, 242 pounds.  The combine, it was good.  My vertical was 32 inches and my 20-yard shuttle was 4.5 seconds.  My 40 was 4.8 seconds.”

Burke says he is “pretty pleased” with his performance in the testing area.

“I feel I’ve improved,” Burke said.  “At [Virginia Tech’s one-day camp on July 14, 2012], my vertical was 27 inches.  So it went up five inches.  My 40 was consistent with what it has been.  And my 20-yard shuttle was good.”

In one-on-one competition, Burke competed at tight end, which is the position he wants to start out playing once he arrives at Virginia Tech in the summer/fall of 2014.

“I felt I was a little quicker and faster.  The competition, they were bigger than what I’m used to,” Burke said.  “I just wanted to compete and do as good as I can.  In one-on-ones, I went against defensive backs.  At Tech, I went against linebackers.  The defensive backs had better hips and were faster than the linebackers, but also the defensive backs are not as big and I had an advantage there.”

Burke had at least one memorable play in the one-on-one competition.

“It was off of a 10-yard out route,” Burke said.  “I set up the guy good and created a lot of separation.”

Burke started at tight end and defensive end for the Bulldogs this past season. Tight end may be his initial thinking with respect to what position he will play at Tech, but don’t rule out the defensive line.  He has made first-team all-district and first-team all-region at defensive end, where he racked up 75 to 80 tackles this past season.  Burke earned second-team all-district at tight end.  The Virginia Tech coaches