Posted: 4:20 pm Monday, November 26th, 2012
By Matt Porter
Matt Burke had the size of a top-tier tight end recruit. He then proved he had the ability. He’s now receiving the accolades.
On Monday, the 6-foot-6, 215-pound Cardinal Newman senior was invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the annual all-star showcase for the nation’s top seniors. The game, played at the Alamodome in San Antonio, will be broadcast live on NBC at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013.
Burke is tentatively scheduled to receive his game jersey in a ceremony on Monday, Dec. 3. Heritage running back Greg Bryant and Atlantic defensive tackle Keith Bryant previously committed to play in the game.
Burke, a second-team Post All-Area selection as a junior, was also chosen to play in this year’s Palm Beach County-Treasure Coast All-Star Game, held Jan. 12, 2013 at John I. Leonard High. He was also named to the Florida Athletic Coaches Association District 20 Team. That makes him eligible to be selected for another postseason bowl: the FACA All-Star Game, a statewide showcase held Dec. 19 in Sebring.
The Florida High School Athletics Association allows football players to play in a maximum of two postseason showcase games.
Burke caught the most passes (29) and touchdowns (6) of area tight ends this year, finishing second in receiving yards (343). He also showed his blocking ability, an area Newman coach Steve Walsh said college recruiters wanted to see.
“He did his part,” Walsh said. “I think he’s proven he’s one of the legitimate tight ends in this class.”
Burke holds numerous Division I including Marshall, Boise State, San Diego State and UMass. Walsh said Burke would wait several weeks before narrowing his options.
Rudolph not solid on Miami: Burke’s star teammate, junior wide receiver Travis Rudolph, is “keeping his options open” with regard to his commitment to Miami. According to Walsh, Rudolph wants to wait and see what sanctions the NCAA will levy against UM in the wake of the Nevin Shapiro scandal.
Miami, which finished 7-5 and won the ACC’s Coastal Division, self-imposed a second consecutive postseason bowl ban.
“I think he’s keeping his options open,” said Walsh, who helped lead Miami to a 1987 national title. “I think he wants to monitor everything that’s been going on at ‘The U’.”
Rudolph, a first-team All-Area selection as a sophomore, a preseason Post Super 11 pick and FACA District 20 All-Star, caught 19 passes for 430 yards and six touchdowns in an injury-shortened season.