High School Football

Meridian quarterback earns spot alongside nation’s top prospects

Meridian quarterback Simon Burkett, right, scans the field behind protection from Jackson Day in an Oct. 2 game against Mount Baker.
Meridian quarterback Simon Burkett, right, scans the field behind protection from Jackson Day in an Oct. 2 game against Mount Baker. The Bellingham Herald

Meridian quarterback Simon Burkett has been selected to participate in the U.S. Army National Combine, which will be in January in San Antonio.

Burkett, who will be a junior in the fall, attended a Football University camp in Thousand Oaks, Calif., where he was one of just two players selected to the combine from more than 250 student-athletes who participated.

While at the Southern California camp, Burkett got a chance to hone his technique and skills under the guidance of players and coaches with NFL experience, including Jeff Rutledge, who played quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants and Washington Redskins and coached with the Arizona Cardinals.

The camp scouting report on Burkett, a 6-foot-3, 170-pounder who also won the Showcase and Top Gun awards, stated, “He was long and lean. He had a good quick release with great feet. He had balance with solid accuracy.”

At the combine, which is part of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl celebration, Burkett will compete alongside 600 of the top high school underclassmen in the nation. He will have his speed, strength, quickness and football skill tested and also will attend seminars to help prepare him for the recruiting process.

As a sophomore, Burkett finished sixth in the Northwest Conference with 1,374 passing yards, completing 99 of 178 pass attempts and threw for 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for 299 yards on 55 attempts (5.4 average) and five touchdowns in helping the Trojans to the first round of the Class 1A State Playoffs and a 6-5 record.

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