"I have offers from Purdue, Georgia Tech, UCF, Auburn, FIU, and Cincinnati." The list is almost too much for McBurse to remember, as he has impressed numerous schools with his physical yet explosive style of running. As a junior, McBurse rushed for 1,384 yards at nearly 10 yards per carry.
While McBurse has received a lot of interest from some national powers, he has visited just three schools thus far. "I have visited Georgia Tech, Auburn and UCF." So which school has impressed him the most thus far? "UCF," claimed McBurse.
Al-Tarek McBurse at Adidas 7-on-7
"The players really seem to get along well there. They have real nice facilities too." McBurse has stayed humble through his recruiting process and calls going to the next level a dream come true.
"[Being recruited so heavily] has been great, it's a childhood dream and going to the next level to play football is a huge accomplishment."
Whether UCF will be a part of that dream remains to be seen, but the Knights would get a tough yet agile runner if McBurse does decide to stay close to home.
"I'm the kind of runner that doesn't wear down. As the game goes on, I don't tire." At the 7-on-7 camp, McBurse displayed the skills that make him such an all-around talent, as he stood out, even without pads. During one particular play, McBurse lined up as the slot receiver and ran a pattern to the far-right corner of the end zone. The pass was lobbed to him and using his 5'11", 185 lb. frame, McBurse sealed off the opposing defensive back and snagged the ball at its highest point, showing that he can catch the ball as well.
However, McBurse does know that he needs to continue to work hard to make it at the next level.
"I need to hit the weight room and add more muscle."
With the recruiting process just heating up, McBurse is aware that he can't let down. "I just need to keep working hard like I have been."
When asked what particular features of a school will factor in where he decides to commit, McBurse said, "Wherever feels like home."
With an offer already on the table for McBurse, perhaps the Knights will be the ones to make the versatile local product feel right at home.