The Florida Gators got some good recruiting news in July when Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL) standout WR Marcus Burke pledged his college future to the swamp.
By Steve Wright
The Class of 2021 4-star prospect is ranked as the No. 223 overall player in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He is the No. 40 WR in the class and the No. 32 player in the state of Florida per the same system. The 247Sports recruiting staff likes Burke considerably better than the composite, having him as the No. 168 overall player, the No. 22 WR and the No. 22 player in the state.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder picked the Gators over finalists for his commitment that included Georgia and Penn State. As a high school junior, Burke caught 37 passes, putting up 831 yards and nine touchdowns for Trinity. He is a player that is already a good size for a college wideout, and one of his strengths is that he can play the inside or outside WR slots equally well because of his size and his agility. With continued hard work and dedication to improving, Burke eventually could come to be known as the best commit of the 2021 class.
Marcus Burke Scouting Report
Marcus Burke is that new breed of taller WR with the acceleration to get behind a defense and then stretch his legs to pull away from their pursuit. You can see that on the first play of this video where Burke burns the DB on a go route and streaks into the end zone without breaking stride. The second play showcases his outstanding catch radius and his ability to go and get the football as he makes a diving/tumbling catch in the end zone that smaller WRs just wouldn’t have been able to make happen. This is the type of play that quarterbacks will love as it means that even average passes will have a greater chance of being caught given his length, ball skills, and late acceleration.