New Jersey guard Burwell to visit Bulls
There's a new name in Stan Heath's recruiting efforts this spring, and the Bulls appear to be deeper in the recruiting process than with many other prospects we've reported on. Next weekend, the Bulls will get an official visit from Mike Burwell, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound shooting guard from New Jersey who is playing this season at South Kent Prep in Connecticut.
"They've been very aggressive. They saw him, they liked him, and they've lined up a visit. Mike likes that," said South Kent coach Kelvin Jefferson.
USF assistant Byron Samuels saw Burwell play last month and Heath followed soon after, watching as South Kent played in the National Prep School Invitational in Rhode Island two weeks ago. Heath made a scholarship offer, and Burwell agreed to his first official visit this season, set for Feb. 28.
Burwell is a bit under the radar from the major recruiting sites, but he averaged 27 points per game last season at Cardinal McCarrick High School in South Amboy, N.J., helping them to a 43-12 record in his two seasons there. McCarrick coach Joe Lewis said Burwell is "very interested" in USF, with Michigan and San Diego as the schools that recruited him the most last year, getting official visits.
Despite being a full qualifier, Burwell opted for the prep school route, hoping another year of growth, development and exposure would open him to bigger schools. Jefferson said his top suitors outside of USF are Seton Hall, Stanford, Rutgers and Penn State. Jefferson said Burwell has relatives in Florida, and if the visit goes well, he might not take other visits and commit to the Bulls.
"I would not be surprised at all if that happened," he said.
If Heath can beat Rutgers and Seton Hall on a kid from New Jersey, it's a good step in USF's recruiting efforts. South Amboy is just 15 miles east of Rutgers and maybe a half-hour south of Seton Hall.
Burwell isn't the only South Kent player USF has an interest in -- there's a 6-foot-8, 235-pound power forward named Jackie Carmichael, who has been recruited by Rutgers and Seton Hall, as well as non-majors such as Southern Illinois, South Alabama, TCU and Western Kentucky. USF hasn't had the same level of interest as they've had in Burwell, but Jefferson said they're aware of Carmichael, too.
(photo courtesy of Southkentschool.org)