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April 2, 2014

St. John's Prep TE Burt weighing Division 1 offers

Jake Burt is big, strong, athletic and has great hands. In other words, he has everything Division 1 college football programs are looking for in a tight end.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound junior from St. John’s Prep has already received offers from six outstanding colleges and universities: Boston College, Virginia, Harvard, Brown, Holy Cross and Old Dominion.

Burt is in no hurry to make a final decision. He didn’t go to any football camps last summer but started drawing attention last fall.

“The first offer came from Holy Cross during the football season,” said Burt, who lives in Lynnfield. “It started slowing down a bit, but a couple of weeks after the season ended Harvard offered me. Things really speeded up from there, and last Saturday Virginia gave me a full scholarship when I went on a visit.

“I know I definitely want to play Division 1 football, but I’m not sure where I want to go yet. I realize they’re all great options, but I want to be 100 percent sure before I make my decision that I choose the best place for me.”

So far all the colleges that Burt has talked to say they want him as a tight end. The offers have all been full scholarships except for the Ivy schools, which don’t offer any but put together competitive packages.

“Jake is big, strong, has great hands and is all the things they’re looking for in a Division 1 tight end getting off the bus,” said Prep head coach Brian St. Pierre, who took over for Jim O’Leary in January. “He’s a natural catcher; that comes easy to him. He also has great jumping ability from his volleyball and basketball background.

“He’s the whole package; there are no black flags there. Jake is the All-American kid even though he’s originally from Canada. He’s extremely coachable with a good work ethic and comes from a great family. He will be a slam dunk at the next level.”

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