Wide receiver Mike Burke of Columbia (Pa.) put together a fantastic junior season and has followed that up with two equally impressive performances at Badger 7-on-7 events at both Rutgers and Pittsburgh. As a result, Burke has begun to see more and more interest this spring.
"Recruiting picked up a lot since the 7-on-7 at Rutgers," said Burke. "I have been talking to more and more schools every week."
As he mentioned, the 7-on-7 events have proven to be very helpful to Burke.
"They went great," said Burke, who is 6-foot-3 and 195-pounds. "I felt like when the ball was in the air it was mine. I think I really showed everyone what I have to offer."
Increased interest has come from BYU, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Akron and Bowling Green. Burke took a visit to Syracuse this weekend.
"I was there for the spring game and the junior day," said Burke. "It went pretty good. I got to talk to some of the coaches on what they're looking for, and I got to see them play first hand. I thought the game was pretty good."
During his visit, Burke found out that he should be expecting continued interest from Syracuse.
"The coaches said that they'll be coming around to me when they're making visits to the schools and that they'll keep in contact," said Burke.
Up next for Burke is a visit to BYU in early June, as well as one-day camps at Syracuse and Pittsburgh. At the camps he is hoping to prove a few things.
"I want to prove that I would make a great addition to someone's program and that I would compete at a high level," said Burke.
During his junior season, Burke finished with 72 receptions for 1,185 yards and 18 touchdowns. On defense he also chipped in with 64 tackles, five tackles for a loss, four sacks and two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.