West Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Newman tight end Matt Burke landed his first offer on Monday when he was on the phone with Florida International.
"I couldn't believe it," Burke said of landing the offer from the Golden Panthers. "I was on the phone talking to Coach (Todd) Orlando earlier today and he just said that they, he and Coach (Mario) Cristobal, had watched my film and they wanted to offer me a scholarship.
"He said they just believe in me and like what I can do," Burke added. "I am just really happy about it."
Despite living in close proximity to FIU, Burke hasn't ever seen the Miami-based campus.
"I have never been," Burke said. "I am planning on visiting a lot of schools actually. I am going to go there (FIU) at some point."
The 6-foot-6, 215-pound tight end plans to see quite a few schools in the coming months.
"I was invited to FSU and Wake Forest's junior days this Saturday but I don't know if I can make those," Burke said. "I know I am going to visit some schools in March and April, as well as the summer when we go to a bunch of camps."
In addition to Florida International, Florida State, and Wake Forest, Burke is drawing attention from Clemson, Duke, Miami, Michigan State, and North Carolina, as well as others. He has visited Miami twice in recent months.
As a junior, Burke recorded 23 receptions for 242 yards and six touchdowns. He also had six rushes for 31 yards. Burke also contributes on the defensive side of the ball for Cardinal Newman.