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April 9, 2014

St. John's tight end Jake Burt picks Boston College

Jake Burt will go from being an Eagle at St. John’s Prep to a Boston College Eagle. The junior tight end from Lynnfield had plenty of great offers to choose from and made a verbal commitment to play college football at the Heights late yesterday afternoon.

“It all happened pretty fast this week,” said Burt, who also played a key role for the basketball team. “BC had made me an offer on March 15, and I decided I was ready to commit. I am so excited to be an Eagle, and I’m glad the whole process is behind me. I really didn’t think I was going to make my choice so soon, and hadn’t set a time table.

“It was a big decision and something that was always on my mind. The good thing was I had so many good offers that I couldn’t go wrong no matter where I decided to go. I committed, and then called all the other coaches to tell them. That was the hard part.”

Burt, who is 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, had offers from Virginia, Harvard, Brown, Holy Cross, and Old Dominion. He has a 3.68 GPA and plans to study business.

“I wanted to stay in the Boston area, and BC has a great business program,” said Burt. “A Boston College degree in the city of Boston carries a lot of weight, and I plan to work in the city after I graduate. I decided I was ready to commit, and I felt I was one of their top priorities. They made me feel special to them, and I also really like their football program.”

New Prep football coach Brian St. Pierre had a record setting career as a quarterback at BC. Another former St. John’s star Jonathan Loyte had a good career as a tight end there.

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