Sun Devils still have Burton's attention

Four-star Brandon Burton could play on either side of the ball at Arizona State according what he said he has been told by its coaching staff. Seeing the school in person would be an important step. previously reported California athlete prospect Brandon Burton was going to make a trip to Arizona State in early April.

Burton, ranked No. 124 overall in the 2016 class nationally, said this week that he was unable to make the trip a month ago but he still has an interest Arizona State so far in his recruitment and wants to reschedule the visit.

Burton said he does not have a set date in mind when he can make up the trip.

The four-star athlete from Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, Calif., said ASU was one of the first schools to recruit him. Burton likes the fact ASU sought him out early.

“It increases interest by showing that they saw potential in you at a young age and they stuck with their first thought,” Burton said.

Besides the fact that ASU recruited him early, Burton said he is interested in ASU because of the recent success the program has had.

Burton confirmed again this week that ASU safeties coach Chris Ball and wide receivers coach DelVaughan Alexander continue to contact him.

Usually coaches from different teams are in competition with other coaches for a recruit’s attention. Burton said both Ball and Alexander want him on their side of the ball.

“I know coach Ball wants me to come and play safety for him but coach Alexander also wants me to play receiver so it’s pretty much a tossup,” Burton said.

Burton said coach Ball has talked to him about the success of past players.

“Coach Ball tells me about how good the DBs have been recently and you know (third round Houston Texans draftee) Jaelen Strong as a person speaks for himself from the receiver corps,” Burton said.

Burton said he is most impressed with the success coach Todd Graham and his staff have had recently. “Well, two years ago (they were) Pac-12 South champions,” Burton said. “This year they were playing for the Pac-12 South championship, so you know, those things stick out.”

As a 4-star prospect, Burton has a lot of different suitors. The athlete from California claims to have at least 18 scholarship offers.

Burton reportedly holds offers from powerhouse schools Alabama, Ohio State, and Florida State along with the Pac-12 schools of Cal, Colorado, Oregon, Stanford UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State.

Burton said he competed in the Nike Opening regional combine in Los Angeles on March 8 and also plans on attending the regional in Oakland on May 17.

With all the different options, Burton said coach stability is a main concern during his recruitment.

“I look at how long they’ve been there already and how much work they’ve put into the program and things like that and the things that they do for themselves,” Burton said.

Burton said he does not have any schools that are leading right now. He said he hopes to trim down his list before his high school season starts in the fall.

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