Maybe the best thing about being recruited to play college football is the experiences you get to partake in. For Buford (GA) Lanier S C.J. Burress, this past weekend was full of new experiences and culminated in the chance to play college football at Ball State.
"The visit was great," Burress said. "I got to ride a plane for the first time in my life and gave me some time to hang with my dad."
Burress, a 5-10 190 S, was pleased with everything he saw from the school in Muncie, IN - from the facilities to the coaching staff, which made him feel the love ... all the way up until he was heading to the airport.
"When I first arrived at the football complex Coach (Chevis) Jackson greeted me with a smile and a hug and when we went inside every coach shook my hand," Burress said. "They said what a great addition I'd be to the team, I really felt the love. When I met Coach D (DC Tim Daoust) he was so glad to see me and that I ad made the trip to meet them and he praised my athletic abilities and skill set. They both kinda hinted at the offer but didn't say anything official. Later in the day I was sitting in my seat watching the spring game when Tilmon Clark asked for me to come to the field and meet Coach (Mike Neu) so I was really excited and what he told me on the field had me ready to suit up and play right there. He's definitely a coach that bonds with his players, they love him, and he told me he wants to get me there but he didn't officially offer me either. I had to catch a flight, so I left the game a little early and I text Coach Jackson a little later saying what a pleasure it was to be there and he responded with 'it was great having you too and you have an offer from us in case you didn't know'. I told my dad to pull the car over and look at this we both got out and started screaming and chest bumping. I called my whole family and my high school coaches, they were so proud of me and said I deserved it."
Burress, who is also hearing from Kennesaw State, Navy, Western Kentucky, Yale and Harvard, said that he really likes what he saw of the Ball State program especially the fun and energetic atmosphere that the new coaching staff as brought.
"I loved it," Burress said. "The atmosphere there was crazy, every coach showed me love. It's like a big family there. The sun is starting to rise on Ball State, something special is going to happen there soon."