The Stanford Cardinal have consistently produced one of the elite offensive lines in college football over the last few seasons.
On Tuesday night, they continued to reload up front when they got a commitment from 3-star offensive tackle Jesse Burkett.
Like so many others, the 6’5, 287-pound Burkett who attends Bartram Trail High School in Jacksonville, Florida was once a part of the Vanderbilt Commodores’ class.
Burkett committed to Vanderbilt way back in July, but after head coach James Franklin left for the Penn State Nittany Lions, Burkett opened things back up. He visited Vanderbilt last week, but clearly wasn’t all that impressed because he announced his change of heart on Tuesday.
The Commodores also lost 4-star defensive back Kyle Gibson to the UCF Knights Tuesday.
“I think (Gibson and Burkett) were a surprise to lose after having them an official visit this past weekend,” Chris Smith, Vanderbilt recruiting writer for 247Sports.com told Jeff Lockridge of the Tennessean. “Even with the full class they had at one point in time, these were two of the most talented prospects. To lose them both this late in the process … you’ve got one week to make a final stand. It’s hard right now for some people to be optimistic. Over the last three weeks, it has been the perfect storm. And it seems like the storm is continuing to go on.”