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June 15, 2014

Around the Horn with Max Burt, St. John's Prep baseball

Max Burt of North Andover was an intriguing athlete when he was a 5-foot-1 eighth grader.

In the last four years he’s grown a full foot, to 6-1, and bulked up to 175 pounds. The recent St. John’s Prep grad was one of the state’s top three-sport athletes. He recently decided to continue his baseball career at Northeastern.

In this week’s Around the Horn, Burt spoke of his college decision, meeting Bill Belichick and playing for his father on a history-making Little League All-Star team.

What are you doing for the summer? “Playing for the Boston Scorpions baseball-wise. We’ll go to New Jersey three times, Florida once and play in tourneys in this area. I’m trying to find a job. I think I’ll caddy and work some basketball camps.”

St. John’s played in the MIAA’s inaugural Super 8 baseball tourney. What did you think of it? “I thought it was perfect, the best eight no matter the division. That’s all you can ask for, to play against the best talent. I think it worked out perfectly.”

Should they do it for basketball? “I think every sport should do it. It gets a lot of people to games. It’s just a great tourney for every sport.”

Are you pretty fired up to have signed to play baseball at Northeastern? “Definitely. It felt awesome. I was contemplating a prep year. They offered me something I couldn’t refuse. I loved the school. The coaching staff was awesome. It’s a great school with a great co-op program.”

Was that a difficult decision not to do the prep year? “It was where do I see myself after the prep year? The CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) and Northeastern was where I saw myself. If you don’t have to do a prep year and waste that money, why not? It worked out perfectly.”

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