In the midst of completely rebuilding the offensive line, Texas has also remained focused on the defensive line as well. One commit, who was thought of as a Michigan Wolverine last night, suddenly re-committed and signed to Texas this morning. The name? Ethan Burke.
Burke is a monstrous human being standing in at 6’7 and weighing 225-pounds. He’s a three-star commit via the 247Sports Composite. Burke is ranked as the 38th player at his position and overall the 86th ranked player in the state of Texas for the 2022 class.
Burke has been a part of a Westlake program that’s looking to win its third consecutive state championship. In 2019 the Chaparrals went 15-1, ultimately defeating Guyer 24-0 in the 6A D2 championship game. The following year in 6A D1, they ran the table going undefeated even taking down Quinn Ewers and Carroll in the championship contest. This season, they once again take their unbeaten streak into the 6A D2 championship game with a rematch from 2019 against Guyer. Westlake hasn’t lost a game since October 11, 2019.
Burke, per 247Sports, only had a total of nine offers. Air Force, Army, Baylor, Kansas State, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas, Texas Tech, and Utah all made efforts to recruit the talented edge-rusher. He even had official visits with Kansas State and Michigan. The Wolverines won the Burke sweepstakes just a few weeks ago on December 1st. In the wee hours of signing day, however, Burke has had a change of heart.
In his senior season through 15 games, Burke has filled the stat sheet. He’s accumulated 54 total tackles, 12 for a loss, with 10 sacks, three forced fumbles, eight passes defended, and one interception.
Name: Ethan Burke
Position: Edge Rusher
High School: Westlake
City, State: Austin, TX
Three Best Traits
Frame - What else is there to say? Burke is already 6’7 and 225-pounds. He’s a massive human being, to say the least. Even if he loses his battle and can’t get around a tackle all Burke has to do is get his arms up and he’s likely to knock down a pass. He can also blow by people using his size alone. Physically, Burke is a near-matchup nightmare.
Championship Pedigree - Burke hasn’t been a part of a loss since he was a few games into his sophomore season. Even then, it was just a one-point loss to Hudson Card and Lake Travis. He quite literally hasn’t lost a game since. While Westlake’s offense with Cade Klubnik has been spectacular, the defense has been swarming and Burke is a massive part of that. The Chaparrals in the past two seasons are only allowing 7.8 points per game on average. Just ludicrous, and Burke is a huge part of that.
Acceleration off the Edge - Watching the film, Burke has the burst needed to get around the lengthiest tackles on a fairly consistent basis. His first step is a massive one and immediately puts opposing linemen at a disadvantage most every time.
Areas of Improvement
Lack of Quality Competition Consistently - While Westlake every now and then has to go through a tough opponent, probably 75% of their schedule is sort of a cakewalk for them. It’s easy to be great when the opponent is inferior. We’ll find out quickly just how great Burke is.
Raw - Burke’s technique is a little raw. He relies on his physical traits simply over-powering opposing tackles. He has solid form for his age, a little more coaching and technique added to this frame and he’s a potentially scary player to face.
Burke is a nightmare, simply put. He’s a massive human being and a freak of an athlete. He comes from a championship pedigree and is used to piling up the stat sheet. He has the quickness and twitches you look for in an edge-rusher yet has fallen completely under the radar. With the right coaching, Burke could be one of the better defensive line prospects Texas has ever had.
Burke is the eighth hard commit for Texas in the 2022 class. He joins four defensive linemen along with three other edge rushers. Burke is three inches clear of the next tallest defensive line commit for Texas this cycle. Coach Sarkisian and this staff have really done it all in the past week from recruiting the best offensive linemen, bringing in top transfers, and literally on signing day changing the minds of recruits such as Ethan Burke.