Princess Anne WR Javawn Burden (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Javawn Burden bursts onto the scene with a strong performance
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Some college coaches may not know about Javawn Burden (2022 WR 6-2 171), but any who recruit the 757 area code intently will know him. Burden landed an early offer from Virginia Tech as a freshman, then he spent his freshman season fighting through some disappointment and controversy at Princess Anne High School.
The administration at the high school dismissed well regarded head coach Jelani Fair mid-season after Sunday practices drew a reprimand from the Virginia High School League. The Cavaliers struggled through the 2018 season, but that’s all water under the bridge.
Princess Anne now has a new head coach in James Yeager, and Princess Anne’s young guns will be a year older this fall.
Javawn is coming into his sophomore season and is looking forward to a growth year. His performance at Saturday’s recruit757/Sparta Science Showcase at Redskins Park showed that he’s well on his way.
“(It’s good) competing against the best and trying to be the best,” said Burden. “Everyone (here) is an All-Star, but you gotta think… you gotta be the best out of everybody. You can’t let somebody dog you. You gotta be the dog.”
Burden expects a big football season this fall at Princess Anne, and he’s going to make his contributions.
“(I expect) at least 800 yards (receiving) and nine touchdowns,” he said.
His length played well in the one-on-ones where he could simply extend himself and out reach smaller defensive backs. We’re betting that you’re going to see a progression over the next couple of years where he’ll be able to use his size to his advantage even more, and you’ll see an increase in his speed. After all, Burden doesn’t turn 16 until November. There’s a lot of upside with him.
– Andy Hilton