Jean DePlacido column: Burt excited to get going for Boston College football 

Former St. John's Prep star Jake Burt (85), shown here being congratulated by teammate Jack Lambert following a takedown of Everett High running back Nick Orekoya in last year's Division 1 state semifinals, is hoping to make Boston College's roster as a true freshman and have an impact for the Eagles. DAVID LE/Staff file photo

Jake Burt can’t wait to get going. 

The former St. John’s Prep football captain is gearing up for his freshman year at Boston College. He has spent the summer on campus working out with his fellow Eagles and taking classes. Burt said he’s done everything he can to prepare, and depending on how he does in the preseason — as well as the team’s strength at the tight end position — will determine whether he is redshirted.

“I would like to play right away,” said Burt, who was highly recruited and verbally committed to BC at the end of his junior year at St. John’s Prep. “It’s all been good so far, but I know how I perform in camp will determine (things).

“I just finished the two classes I took here this summer. They like you to get a little head start in case you have to drop a class during football season. I’ve also been doing a lot of lifting and running as well as attending team meetings. In summer there aren’t a lot of people on campus beside the sports teams and others taking summer classes, but it’s given me a chance to feel my way around.”

A big target at 6-foot-4 and 248 pounds, Burt was a Catholic Conference all-star and an impact player for St. John’s Prep. Last season he had 23 catches for 255 yards and seven touchdowns. A two-way starter at tight end and defensive end, he scored four touchdowns against league rival Catholic Memorial, including a 97-yard interception return. 

Burt was a Salem News all-star and named to the Massachusetts Football Coaches Association’s Super 26 team. He is also an outstanding basketball player.

“I’ve put on around four pounds of good weight,” said Burt, who played for former Boston College star quarterback Brian St. Pierre at St. John’s last season. “I was 244 pounds at the end of my senior year, and I think this is a good weight for me. I’m right where they want me to be. 

“We’re all very optimistic and excited about the upcoming season. You can only do so much to get in shape and ready; now it’s time to get going.”

The Lynnfield native is majoring in business management and marketing. 

The Eagles open the season against the Maine Black Bears Sept. 5 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill. They face Howard, Florida State, Northern Illinois before out on the road to play Duke.

The big game all BC fans have circled on the calendar is Nov. 21 when Notre Dame comes to Fenway Park for a Saturday night game. Coach Steve Addazio’s team travels to Syracuse for its final regular season game before the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship in North Carolina. Of course, the Eagles hope a big bowl game awaits to close out the season on a high note.

Aaron Monteiro of Brockton, CM’s Kevin Bletzer and Lukas Denis of Everett are also freshmen at the Heights. Burt was on the other side when St. John’s played their teams in high school.

“The time is going to fly by in camp,” said Burt. “We’ll be so busy, and before you know it the season will begin. I love it here; I’m living a dream.”

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Jean DePlacido is a part-time writer and columnist for The Salem News. Contact her at jmdeplacido@aol.com.

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