I caught up with the number one ranked player in Kentucky on Monday. The recruiting process for Jager Burton, Frederick Douglass High School’s four-star offensive guard, has taken many twists and turns, mainly from the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has limited official visits, as well as his teammate Dekel Crowdus’ recent pledge to the Big Blue. The Crowdus commitment was extremely significant in nature due to the four-star’s talent level, his connection to Burton, and for Mark Stoops, landing a commitment from Lexington’s top program.
Q: Are you still planning to announce your commitment on your birthday (August 24) and how has COVID-19 impacted your official visit schedule?
Burton: Yes, August 24 is what I’m hoping for. As of now I don’t think I’ll have officials but if they let us take them then I’ll take them to my five.
Q: Who are the five?
Burton: Kentucky, Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, and Oregon
Q: The Big Blue Wall has gotten all kinds of preseason respect on a national level. What’s your take on that?
Burton: It’s cool to see a school branding its offensive line.
Q: Tell us about the significance of Dekel Crowdus’ commitment to Kentucky.
Burton: It matters as much as [former four-star Frederick Douglass offensive tackle] Walker Parks going to Clemson.
KSR will have much more on Burton’s impending commitment and the importance for the Wildcats to land the top player in the Commonwealth. Until then, you can hear Jager go into more detail about the recruiting process here and enjoy some of his best work below. As you will see, Burton specializes in putting opponents into the ground.