uOttawa Gee-Gees commit excited for U Sports football

uOttawa brings in an out-of-province commit to their Class of 2018.

Courtesy of Harley Burke.

When Harley Burke, a defensive tackle from Leo Hayes High School, joins the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees, he knows he is much more than a piece of the puzzle.

“The coaches put the players first and they will consult with your personal problems before football,” Burke said. “They like you as a person and not just a player on the team.”

Warmed by the coaches’ interest in him, Burke can expect similar treatment from his teammates. “uOttawa has…a great team. Everyone is caring and friendly and very welcoming and willing to teach and help,” he said.

Burke plans on taking kinesiology. “uOttawa has an amazing kin program,” he said. “I’m interested in how the body moves and the way it works. There are new discoveries all the time about the human body.”

The hulking 6’5, 300lbs defensive and offensive tackle is from Fredericton, New Brunswick. He spent four years with the Leo Hayes Lions (New Brunswick High School Football League). Last season, he was named as ‘d-lineman of the team’ and this season, he was ‘o-lineman of the team.’ He also received a league award for his offensive lineman play.

“I’m looking forward to moving to the next level and seeing where this sport could take me,” Burke said, “and seeing how well I ca grow as a person and a ball player.”

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