To the Coatesville (Pa.) Area Senior High coaching staff, incoming ninth-grader Tyler Burke seemed “destined” to be the school’s quarterback of the future. Until he suited up for the Red Raiders’ freshman team at linebacker.
“We just saw how aggressive he was on defense, being all over the field as a freshman,” said Coatesville coach Matt Ortega, who elevated Burke to the varsity squad as a sophomore. “You could tell he had a mean streak in him when he played the game. Off the field, he was calm. When he played football, he did some things that we saw as coaches that turned the light switch on. When he plays, he plays very aggressively.”
Burke, who also plays tight end for Coatesville, will stick with defense when he joins the Maryland football team next summer. The rising senior committed to the Terps on Tuesday, picking Randy Edsall’s program over Boston College, Connecticut, Massachusetts, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple and Wisconsin, according to Rivals.com.