The Maryland Terrapins football team received their second Pennsylvania commitment in as many days on Tuesday afternoon, as defensive end Tyler Burke pledged his services to the Terps.
Burke, listed as a three-star weak-side defensive end by 247Sports.com, decided on the Terrapins over a bunch of D1 programs. Burke had offers from N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Old Dominion, Wisconsin, Rutgers and Syracuse (among others), but chose the Terps after a recent visit impressed him enough.
The Coatesville Area High Red Raiders defender represents another strong, big defensive lineman, standing at 6’4 and being listed as 225-pounds. He is currently the 37th-best player in the state of Pennsylvania, and the 55th-best weak-side defensive end in the nation.
Burke had previously listed Maryland as the frontrunner in a two-school battle between the Terps and Rutgers. He visited New Jersey first, but once he stepped foot on the Maryland campus it was merely a formality at that point. Burke had been offered by the Terps before his junior year had even begun, and felt that Maryland had more to offer.
Burke and his Red Raiders team had quite a successful season last year, making it all the way to the PIAA Class AAAA finals before bowing out against North Allegheny. Burke was their leading tackler on the year, and amassed over 200 tackles on the season; that feat earned him an All-Conference selection.
With yet another recruit being taken from the Pennsylvania region, Maryland is really pressing hard into Big Ten territory. That marks four players from Big Ten states in the commitment class, versus only two from D.C. and Maryland. To get someone like Burke, who Ron Vanderlinden had his eye on earlier this year, is representative of how effective the Big Ten recruiting movement has been so far.
Randy Edsall understands Pennsylvania football, and his staff has been aggressive in their attempts to grab players. Because Pennsylvania is such a large state, there’s a lot of talent to be had there, and pilfering these recruits bodes well for luring other big prospects in. That Edsall got a solid three-star player this in late June gives other recruits more incentive to come on board later in the year. Recruits pay attention to the rankings, and Maryland moving up should help the sales pitch a bit.
What do we see on highlight films from Burke? He’s athletic and very raw. Earlier in his junior year, folks thought he was a linebacker, but he literally just outgrew that position. Now he projects as a defensive end, and his size will most certainly pay dividends in that regard. He is clearly a tackling machine, and defensive coordinator Brian Stewart should put him in a position to do great things in the future if Maryland is still running a 3-4 base. With his skill set, he should fit in perfectly.
But have a look for yourself, you’re going to like what you see.