No. 33 OLB
Noah Burks is a prototypical Wisconsin Badgers linebacker, a very physical and aggressive edge rusher who uses his strength and athleticism to get into the backfield. He is the type of player who can get involved early as a rotational edge defender. Burks performed well during the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in January, and has the potential to become a quality starter and have a huge impact on Wisconsin's defensive front.
From our breakdown of his commitment back in June:
When it comes to on-the-field ability, Burks offers plenty as seen on his Hudl tape -- disclaimer, Hudl only shows a recruit's positives, but there's a lot of good things to see in the 8:31 of footage above [ed. note -- now below].
When used on or near the line, Burks demonstrates a natural ability to shed his blocker and find the ball carrier. He has a motor and closes in on his target nicely, as seen when chasing down quarterbacks on a rollout or option. He appears very sound in pass coverage.
ESPN: *** Grade 75, No. 55 OLB, No. 10 Indiana
Scout: *** No. 29 OLB, No. 6 MW OLB
Rivals: **** No. 21 OLB, No. 4 Indiana
247 Sports: **** No. 329 National, No. 24 OLB, No. 6 Indiana
Burks chose the Badgers over offers from Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Boston College. It seems as if the Badgers were the team to beat from the start. He didn't visit any other schools during his recruitment and never pondered looking around after his commitment.
Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl participant