"Man, it was hard to pick only one," Burgess explaining the decision making process said, "I wish I could play for all three. But I went with N.C. State."
"My mom said she wanted to see me play and as I thought about the last game I played at Georgia Military Institute as her last home game I just could not see myself doing that. I want my mom and family to be able to come and watch me play."
Burgess' parents live in South Carolina. So one can see how proximity played a role in the 4-star (per KStateFans.com) trench warrior's decision. But there were a couple of other factors leading him to the Wolfpack.
"Coach O'Brien had a lot of success at Boston College and I think he is going to have early success at B.C. too," Burgess said. "He's a smart coach. Also, I was pretty close to Keith Willis who was assigned to recruit me. But in the end, I just wanted to stick closer to home so my mom, and my family, could come see me play."
Thoughts On Kansas State: "I will always love K-State. They were my first offer and I will never forget that. I wish they were closer to home so I could have gone there. And Coach Mo Latimore is as cool as anyone out there. I had great time on my visit. I almost wish I had not taken the trip to Manhattan because it just made everything that much more difficult to tell you the truth."
On Oklahoma State: "I thought it was cool how Coach Tim Beckman came to my house to do an in-home visit. You know he is from Ohio State and all and now at Oklahoma State as their defensive coordinator. And then on my official visit to Stillwater I will always remember the one-on-one conversation I had with head coach Mike Gundy. No one really knows how cool he is but I did when we sat down to talk, just me and him. So, it's tough to tell those guys, "No," too. I also really liked Coach Todd Meachem too. He used to coach at GMI. So, it was a lot of fun talking to Coach Meach..."
What N.C. State lands is a country kid who is mostly quiet, keeps to himself, a yes-sir, no-sir kid with a work ethic of an iron worker. We broke through with LeRoy and he has a funny side to him too. But you got to get closer to him to see it. We did and wish LeRoy the best!
SOPH Season Stat Package: "30+ tackles, 16.5 TFLs, 6.5 sacks, 7-8 QB knockdowns, 40 pressures, 2 Tipped Passes."
Weight Room Numbers: "This past summer I benched 355, squat was 525 and my power clean was 305."
Other Notes to Consider...
Eligibility:Burgess enrolls in the spring and has three years to play two.