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National Signing Day 2016: OLB Noah Burks signs with Wisconsin

For National Signing Day we are profiling each recruit that signs with Wisconsin, including LB Noah Burk from Carmel, Indana. Stay tuned to B5Q all week for more coverage of Badger football's 2016 class.

Student Sports
Class Position Height Weight
2016 OLB
6'3
230 lbs.
School Composite Ranking
Carmel (Ind.)
3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit 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.

Rankings

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

Committed June 13th, 2015

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.

Video Highlights

Honors

Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl participant