George Burhenn ‘quietly’ one to watch on Signing Day

Purdue tight end commit George Burhenn is one to keep an eye on as a potential move to Louisville on National Signing Day, which is scheduled for tomorrow, February 1, 2023.

George Burhenn is ranked as the seventh best prospect in the state of Indiana and has made a verbal commitment to the Purdue Boilermakers since July 2022. The 6-foot-5 champion from Mount Vernon, Indiana, signed for the Boilermakers across Iowa and the state of Iowa to play for then-head coach Jeff Brohm and then-tight ends coach Ryan Wallace.

Mt. Vernon’s George Burhenn, 81, catches a pass over Carter Richardson, 11, on Friday, August 19, 2022 at Beaver Stadium in Noblesville.
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Well, in case you’ve been living under a rock, Jeff Brohm and Ryan Wallace are both staffers at the University of Louisville now, and Burhenn could have signed when the early signing period opened on December 21, 2022, but for some reason he chose not to write his name on any paper yet.

According to Mark Ambrogi of the Indiana-based newspaper Current, George Burhenn decided to “keep his options open” once the Purdue football program’s coaching changes took place. He was quick to add that he was visiting Louisville because he was familiar with both Jeff Brohm and Ryan Wallace, which he would keep to his word because he was visiting in mid-December, shortly after the news of Jeff Brohm Louisville came into play.

With the amount of players who put their pens where their mouths were in the early signing period, one wonders why he didn’t follow the Boilermakers. And speculation begins with he could be on his way to the University of Louisville to join Jamari Johnson as the second tight end in the Class of 2023.

Burhenn would be a great addition to this recruiting class as tight end is still a requirement area for the Cardinals. Jeff Brohm has done a great job filling any gaps in the team, whether that be through the transfer portal, offering scholarships to high school players, or giving preferential entry opportunities to local high school products.

So it’s apparent that Brohm tends to spot gaps in the team and fill them quickly, making one wonder why there’s still a gap at the tight end position. And that could very well be because George Burhenn is on his way to Louisville, Kentucky to join FlyVille23.

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