Patriots Coach Brent Walker agrees.
"Jacob is the elite and the standard in which everyone looks to," Walker said. "It's tough because the state is full of some great 3200-meter guys."
Despite knowing that Burcham is seemingly in a class by himself, Walker indicated that Brafford isn't intimidated and is capable of doing big things at next week's State Meet.
"Clearly, we are there now and want to win it," Walker said. "Matthew has proven time and time again that he belongs right up there. I won't count him out. He believes he can win. Anything can happen."
Walker couldn't be prouder of Brafford's accomplishments throughout his career, especially this season.
"He has consistently been No. 2 all year," Walker said. "He deserves everything good that comes his way. Matthew has run better than he ever has. The school is very proud of him."
No matter what happens at the State Meet next week, Burcham will graduate, seemingly opening the door for even bigger and better things for Brafford next season.
"If it's not this year, he will have that opportunity next year," Walker said. "He will have his time, and he will take full advantage of it. Next year will be the year for him. It's been a great journey."
The George Washington standout agrees that next season could be big for him.
"Next year might be the year for me," Brafford said. "It's the year that everything opens up and maybe I can get some of the spotlight on me."