'21 FL TE - Christian Burkhalter (Verbal Offer)

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    Christian Burkhalter reflects on Ohio State offer
    IMG Academy’s newest tight end and 2021’s No. 12 tight end Christian Burkhalter was in Columbus for the first day of Ohio State’s two-day fundamentals camp Wednesday, and he ran through a workout with Brian Hartline, Ryan Day and Kevin Wilson alongside three other recruits detailed in Wednesday’s Hurry Up.

    Jacksonville No. 11 tight end Nick Elksnis also worked out with Burkhalter, and the two were paired throughout the early-morning drills and mainly worked with Wilson. Both have very similar frames – Burkhalter at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, and Elksnis at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds – and both worked well in passing drills. It wasn’t surprising that Burkhalter got an Ohio State offer after Elksnis announced his own offer following the camp.


    “It was good,” Burkhalter told Eleven Warriors about his workout with the Buckeyes. “The teaching part of it is something that I will carry into my game this year. Even the receiver coach gave my some very good moves and taught me stuff I didn’t know.”

    Both of the Florida tight ends were essentially treated like receivers during the workout. Hartline worked closely with all of them, running them through the same routes and using many of the same methods to teach.

    Burkhalter’s success during the drills isn’t a surprise, since he recently moved from wide receiver to tight end after a growth spurt and has played a hybrid role since, lining up on the outside and also setting up behind the offensive tackle. He has the speed and body control to play outside the numbers as well.

    In his tape with Spanish Fort High School in Alabama, he has shown a willingness to block, and when put through blocking drills by Wilson, the tight ends coach worked with him on technique and mechanics quite a bit but seemed pleased with Burkhalter’s adjustment.

    The offers to Burkhalter and Elksnis will likely ensure that the attention to Ohio State is maintained between Ohio and Florida, though Burkhalter seemed to understand what an Ohio State offer meant to him.

    “Ohio State’s success speaks for itself,” Burkhalter said. “Every high school football player in America knows and respects Ohio State football. it’s an honor for any athlete.”
     

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