Fr., LB, 6-1, 210, Jefferson City, Mo. (Jefferson City HS)
(Last name is pronounced BURK-kit) A premier in-state defensive recruit right down the road from Mizzou out of Jefferson City High School ... was the first in the Tigers’ newest signing class to commit to Mizzou ... rated ninth overall in the state’s class of 2013 by ESPN.com, as well as No. 58 in the nation at outside linebacker ... rated 13th in the state of Missouri’s class of 2013 by Rivals.com ... first team Class 6 All-State pick by the Missouri Football Coaches Association as a senior in 2012 ... named second team Class 6 All-State by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters ... recorded 76 tackles and 3.0 sacks through eight games in 2012 for head coach and former Mizzou star safety Ted LePage before missing the remainder of the season due to injury ... recorded 112 tackles, 3.0 sacks and two interceptions as a junior in 2011 ... phenomenal track and field athlete who excelled in the pole vault for Jefferson City, claiming the 2012 Class 4 state title in the event ... part of the school’s runner-up 4x100 meter team in 2012 ... parents – Eric and Leanne Burkett ... named Jefferson City’s 2012 Homecoming King ... an academic honor roll member all four years of high school ... was an early
commit to Mizzou’s class that never really looked anywhere else ... impressed by Mizzou’s coaching staff and fan base.