Three-star outside linebacker Frankie Burgess committed and signed with Maryland football Wednesday morning.
Burgess had originally committed to USF in late September, but backed off of his pledge on Dec. 2 after the Bulls let go of head coach Charlie Strong.
Maryland and Washington State were two programs vying late for a pledge from Burgess, but a visit from the Maryland staff this past week — coupled with an official visit to College Park this weekend — seemed to be enough to sway the Florida native.
Burgess stands at 6’3, 215 pounds and is a true threat off the edge while playing as a standing rusher. He has unprecedented speed and tackling ability which lends itself to both containing the run and getting to quarterbacks fast. Burgress finished his senior season with 60 tackles (39 solo), 22 sacks, three caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries, according to MaxPreps.
Mike Locksley and the Maryland staff have been able to develop a footprint in Florida with the 2020 class, as nine of the current 27 committed players hail from the Sunshine State. Burgess follows guard Zach Perkins as two of the latest Florida targets to hop on board the class that is led by four-star Linebacker Ruben Hyppolite II out of McArthur High School.