Denzel Burke


Player profile

  • Height 6-1
  • Weight 190
  • Hometown Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Last School Saguaro
  • Year Junior

Follow on Social Media
Twitter: @King10Burke
Instagram: @_denzel.burke_

Ohio State Overview
• Denzel is a two-year Varsity O letterwinner who is in his third season with the program and is majoring in finance
• Has started all 24 games he has played in the past two years
• Started 11 times in 2022 and was second on the team with five pass break-ups
• Also contributed 34 tackles and now has 70 career tackles and 17 PBUs
• Had an outstanding true freshman campaign in 2021 when he started all 13 games, led the team with 13 total passes defensed and recorded 36 total tackles, including 28 solo stops
• Named a freshman All-American by ESPN, The Athletic and 247Sports
• Earned third-team all-Big Ten Conference honors
• The first Ohio State true freshman to start the season opener on defense since Andy Katzenmoyer in 1996
• His first collegiate interception was a “pick-6” vs Rutgers of 23 yards
• Made 10 unassisted tackles and 11 total in the win over Purdue
• Has personal best of three pass break-ups vs. Minnesota and recorded two vs. Arkansas State in 2022 and vs. Tulsa and Nebraska in 2021

Honors & Awards
2022: Honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference
2021: Freshman All-American (ESPN, The Athletic, 247Sports); third-team all-Big Ten Conference

More on Denzel
• Denzel was one of 14 from the recruiting class of 2021 to enroll in classes in January of 2021
• A four-star prospect who is the nation’s No. 8-rated athlete by 247Sports
• Played both defensive back and wide receiver in high school
• Attended Brophy Prep in Phoenix before transferring to Saguaro
• The Arizona Republic’s No. 1-ranked game-changing cornerback and athlete
• Played in one game his senior season before it was cut short due to injury
• Played seven games as a junior in 2019 and averaged 44.7 receiving yards per game with four touchdowns
• Added 337 rushing yards on 24 carries and two interceptions
• At Brophy Prep, helped the Broncos improve from 1-9 as a freshman to 7-4 as a sophomore when he racked up 50 receptions for 719 yards and averaged 84.2 all-purpose yards per game
• Is the son of Deya and Zafiro Burke