NFN Top-15 Recruiting Report: Josh Buri (Stewartville/2021)
As I have been looking back on the lists of standout Minnesota prep running-backs from the past 6-7 years I have been very hard pressed to find a RB with the combination of size and speed that 2021 Stewartville Josh Buri…
As I have been looking back on the lists of standout Minnesota prep running-backs from the past 6-7 years I have been very hard pressed to find a RB with the combination of size and speed that 2021 Stewartville Junior Season possesses. The 5’11, 210 lber. has a junior year Hudl tape that is more than impressive as he displays uncanny vision and game-changing speed that makes him a threat to score every time he touches the ball. When I first began scouting the Tiger RB and started watching his game film, I was first drawn to Buri’s incredible head of hair (of course) and his acceleration/velocity and wrongly mislabeled him as a speed-back. It wasn’t until I really started paying attention that I figured out the junior was 210 pounds (!) and looked every bit of it in his visits to the likes of University of South Dakota, North Dakota State, University of Louisiana Layette, and more. This size and power also shows up in his tape as he has a vicious stiff-arm and the leg-strength to run through would be arm-tacklers and ankle-biters, and Buri even shows an affinity for pass-blocking in his film that you’re always looking for in a three-down back. His size and skill helped him run for 1,998 rushing yards and 34 TDs as a junior and he has even loftier expectations for his final ride in 2021, whenever the season happens. Overall, he’s just a tremendous player and we at Northstar Football News are extremely excited about his potential at the college level. I believe a Division 1 scholarship is very much a realistic goal for the Stewartville product, so it’s very much been a surprise that only the Bemidji St Beavers have reached out with a scholarship offer thus far, and I hope this report serves to increase some exposure for the Tiger back. Check out what Buri has to say regarding his work ethic and what he can offer to a college program, his 2019 season, which schools he’s been in contact with, and more. If you don’t believe the hype, peep his tape —>
NFN: Hello and thank you for your time, Josh. Please begin by telling us a little bit about yourself, when you began playing football and what you love about the game, and your measurables and lifting weights and stats.
Buri: “I’m from Stewartville, MN I play RB. Started playing football when I was 5. I work on a dairy farm and I’m good at bowling! Love the game because I feel like with my talents I can make the NFL and help out struggling communities with it. 5”11 210. 4.5 40 and 505 squat 315 clean 335 bench 2300 total yards my junior year.”
NFN: Now share a little regarding your 2018 football season as well as Stewartville’s. What were some highlights and lowlights? Also, what have you been doing to work on your game? Do you think you’re being somewhat overlooked as a recruit due to being from a small town?
Buri: “We went 8-0 in regular season and lost to Waseca in the section finals. Highlight was rushing for 350 and 5 TD in the home opener and lowlight was after the Waseca game. Working of speed and vision and faster cuts for next season. It feels like I’m very overlooked because I come from a small town but once I get that one D1 offer and ball out my freshman year all the people overlooking me right now will be like darn! Should have pulled the trigger with the offer on that kid! For my work ethic I lift 2 times a day one speed one weight, I work on the farm, and I do school work 5 days a week!”
NFN: How about this past season in 2019?
Buri: “This past season for me personally was the I averaged 250 yards a game and 3TD a game and the team effort was as good as it can be! We like to play the bigger schools because Stewartville football is all about fighting for a win as a team!”
NFN: Tell us a little bit about receiving that first offer from the BSU Beavers? Who are some other teams you’re talking to?
Buri: “My first offer was a relief because hopefully once other schools see that I can play ball they will start offering but my time will come and (with) all the work I put in, all the offers will come. And I am talking too Missouri Valley schools, Sunbelt schools, and some Big 10 schools.”
NFN: Lastly, what can you offer a college football program and what do you do well as a football player and running back?
Buri: “What I can offer to a college program is the hardest working RB that has ever came through their school and will fight every single down just to get 1 more yard and is willing to do anything for his teammates and coaches because football is family and I can also help out an offense a ton with my speed and vision on the field rushing for a lot of yards and as a player I want to be the biggest impact on everyone else to better them as a team and help the school that wants me to help them win games and being overlooked just makes an athlete of my caliber work even harder to maybe rush for 3,000 yards and 50 TD My senior year!”
Big things are coming for the Stewartville stud! Stay posted for news on Buri and his Tiger teammates with Northstar Football News. Thanks for reading!