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January 3, 2012
Burgess makes his pick
Louisville landed one of its top linebacker prospects Tuesday night. Homestead, Fla., linebacker James Burgess, Jr., picked the Cardinals, confirming his pick publicly after the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
Burgess, a 6-foot, 200-pound speedy hitter, is the No. 58-ranked outside linebacker in the class of 2012 according to Rivals.com. He chose Louisville over offers from Miami, North Carolina, Cincinnati, Illinois, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Pitt, Rutgers, Wake Forest, West Virginia and others.
Ranked No. 95 among the top 100 recruits in the state of Florida for 2012, Burgess was committed to Miami when he visited the Canes on Dec. 2 and Louisville on Dec. 9. He has since de-committed and picked Louisville.
Burgess hopes to enroll at Louisville for the spring semester and hopes to compete for playing time during spring practice. His coach, Homestead High's Bobby McCray, says that is a realistic possibility.
"James knows the game, is a student of the game," McCray said. "He's a guy that if he gets focused, hits the weight room, gets bigger and stonger, he has Ray Lewis type potential. He's a kid that can come in, and you saw what Ray Lewis did - he'll get in early, work in the weight room, he can start as a true freshman. He'd be the best linebacker they've had in quite a while if he goes to Miami."
Burgess only played in 2 1/2 games this season due to a broken hand, but he is expected to be fully recovered by spring practice. He was recently rated as one of the top 5 prospects on the East squad at the All-Star game: Adam Gorney's East Top Performers