Louisville Football has added quite a few offensive skill position players to the 2023 class. However, now they looked to fortify arguably the most important part of offense, the offensive line. Without a great offensive line, you can’t utilize the great position players. On Sunday, they were able to add a highly thought of OL in Luke Burgess.
Committed. Officially a Cardinal! ❤️🖤 pic.twitter.com/A087qbxcbo— Luke Burgess (@lsburgess098) June 26, 2022
Burgess is a 6’7 285 lbs OT from New Palestine, IN. 247sports ranks him as the 405th-best overall prospect and 35th-best player at his position in the class. He chose Louisville over a host of offers that included Tennessee, Oregon, Florida State, North Carolina, Michigan State, Miami, Iowa State, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, and uk, among others. Offensive Line Coach Nic Cardwell was his primary recruiter.
Burgess is a huge lineman with the potential to add more muscle once he gets to college. He’s big and athletic with good strength and movement. Equally adept at pass protection and run blocking, Burgess is an offensive lineman with a ton of potential.
As a pass blocker, he uses his long arms to get his hands on defensive linemen at the snap. He understands hand placement and is able to stone wall or redirect a defensive linemen’s attack. On outside pass rush moves, he’s able to move well laterally and maintain his position between a DE and the QB providing excellent protection. I’d say his footwork/lateral movement are his best attributes overall.
As a run blocker, Burgess is ultra-aggressive. He pops out of his stance with fury and drives defenders back. He can be utilized at the point of attack or he can be utilized as a second-level blocker. When he engages, he uses great leverage to drive defenders onto their backs.
Luke Burgess has all the tools and potential to be not only a starter, but an All-ACC caliber offensive lineman. He’s nearly 6’8, has a frame that he can probably add muscle, and has excellent agility and strength. Pierce Clarkson, Rueben Owens, and the bunch will have a player they can trust to protect them and to open running lanes for them. The 2023 continues to grow stronger.
Louisville football’s class is currently ranked 14th-overall in 2023 with Burgess’ addition. There are more commitments expected in the coming weeks from the big June 17th recruiting weekend. The staff continues to build arguably the greatest class in the football program’s history.