Recruiting continues to pick up for class of 2019 defensive tackle Malachi Burby of Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, Conn. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder is now up to three offers and has plans to attend Rutgers junior day this coming weekend.
“The Rutgers d-line coach [Corey Brown] followed me and reached out to me. He said he really likes my film and loves how I play and also said that I’m exactly what him and Coach [Chris] Ash are looking for in a d-lineman," Burby told Scarlet Nation. "I’ve been talking to Coach [Matt] Hewitt a lot, that’s my guy. He always checks up on me.”
This weekend will not be Burby’s first visit to Rutgers, although there is a chance that this upcoming trip could translate into an offer.
“I’ve been down to Rutgers twice; for a game against Ohio State and for a camp last summer,” Burby said. “The school is really nice, I really like it. I haven’t really gotten to see the facilities so I’m looking forward to seeing those and seeing what Rutgers is all about.”
Rutgers already has some competition as Burby holds offers from Temple and UConn, while his latest tender came from Old Dominion.
“I was shocked that the [Old Dominion] defensive coordinator and d-line coach came to my school a couple days before. My head coach called me and said ODU wants to offer you,” Burby said. “I texted the d-line coach saying thank you for taking a chance on me. I was just super hype.”
Other schools are also beginning to show interest.
“Wake Forest contacts me a lot, a lot of the coaches have sent me written mail. I talk to the d-line coach from there almost every day,” Burby said. “I’m hearing from Indiana, UMass and Boston College as well.”
And what is Burby seeking out in a college?
“I want to major in Business, so definitely a good business program. I am looking for some big time football and a school with really good academics.”