By NU Athletic Communications
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OL, 6-5, 315, Phoenix, Ariz. (Moon Valley HS)
Offensive lineman Jaivorio Burkes is part of an impressive five-man class of recruits from the state of Arizona, Nebraska's largest ever influx from that state. The 6-5, 315-pound Burkes is widely regarded as one of the nation's top offensive line prospects after starring for Coach Roger Britson at Moon Valley High School in Phoenix. Burkes is extremely athletic and has the ability to play both guard and tackle for the Huskers. In addition to his standout work on the offensive line, Burkes also played on the defensive line for Moon Valley and recorded eight sacks during his senior season. Burkes was a Class 4A first-team all-state selection by the Arizona Republic. Burkes was a member of the Rivals.com Rivals 250, and earned a four-star rating by the recruiting service. Rivals also ranked Burkes as the third-best overall prospect in the state of Arizona and the No. 7 offensive guard prospect in the nation. Scout.com listed Burkes as a four-star offensive tackle prospect and ranked him as the No. 9 player at that position in the country. SuperPrep Magazine placed Burkes as the No. 11 overall offensive line prospect in the country and the No. 3 player in Arizona. Burkes was selected to play in the East Meets West All-American Game in Florida. Burkes is also a starter for his high school basketball team, ranking among the state's top players and helping Moon Valley to a 16-11 record through early February. He averaged 15 points and 14 rebounds per game during his junior season. Burkes chose Nebraska after also taking recruiting visits to Oklahoma, Michigan and Arizona State. He is the son of Sherry Webb and was born on Dec. 20, 1988.