Boston College dips back into a local high school for the first time in over a decade with St. John's Prep tight end Jake Burt. Burt, a lumbering 6-foot-5, 230 pounder, is a three-star recruit that chooses Boston College over claimed offers from Brown, Harvard, Holy Cross, Old Dominion and Virginia.
Burt is BC's first recruit from St. John's Prep in Danvers, Mass. since a little known quarterback named Brian St. Pierre; now the head coach at St. John's. St. Pierre starred as BC's quarterback from 1999-2002 before spending nearly a decade in the NFL.
BC will lose a pair of tight ends to graduation next season—Michael Giacone and Louie Addazio—but those guys aren't your traditional pass-catching tight ends either. Burt played out of the "flex" receiver position in St. John's Prep's spread offense, lining up in the slot or split out wide. He's a versatile athlete that can do a little bit of everything at the next level for the Eagles.
It will be interesting to see whether Addazio and BC's next offensive coordinator will use the tight ends as more than 6th or 7th offensive lineman in the offensive system moving forward, and how a kid like Burt and fellow Bay Stater Chris Garrison will fit into the mix.
As mentioned above, BC looks pretty set at tight end this coming season, but Burt and Garrison should push for playing time as early as the 2016 season.
Here are Jake's highlights via HUDL:
Here are the rankings on Burt from the various recruiting services:
- Rivals: Three stars, 5th best Massachusetts recruit
- Scout: Three stars, 71st best tight end, 7th best tight end in the East, 2nd best Massachusetts tight end
- 247Sports: Two stars, rated a 79, 75th best tight end, 10th best Massachusetts recruit
- ESPN: N/A