Back for Another UCF Visit

UCF added three high-quality running backs to its 2008 recruiting class, and is hoping to add even more for 2009. The Knights have aimed at several backs this year, but one of the high school backs they favor the most is right in their backyard, and the good news he is a regular on campus visitor.

Al-Terek McBurse is a talented running back from Winter Springs H.S, which is located just down the road from UCF. The 5'11", 190 lb. back possesses quickness, strength, and great agility, something he put on display last week against Boone H.S, one of the state's best teams. On a swing pass, McBurse broke five tackles including a hurdle over the final defender in route to a 55-yard touchdown reception, a play that gave McBurse the top WFTV's Hair Cuttery Clip of the Week.

Even though Winter Springs fell in their Jamboree game 31-7, that play not only gave him local accolades, but also caught the eyes of UCF's coaching staff. McBurse visited the school during the S.C State game and didn't even know that his dazzling reception had received so much attention.

"When I got to the UCF game, all the coaches were talking about the play," McBurse told "I wasn't expecting that, I really wasn't aware that my run had been chosen as the best play."

That particular 55-yard reception likely won't be the last highlight reel play we see from McBurse this season, as he is an explosive back with big play ability. Last season he wrapped up nearly 10 yards per carry, finishing with over 1,300 rushing yards, and he likely will improve on that this season.

This past trip to UCF wasn't McBurse's first, as he claims to have gone to nearly every UCF home game last season.

"It's great, I always have when I go out there, it's a good school. I've been to all their home games at UCF since the inaugural game versus Texas last year. It's close to me, I could probably bike there if I wanted to."

UCF currently stands as McBurse's top school along with Georgia Tech. Both programs have impressed him thus far, and he likes different things about each one.

"Georgia Tech and UCF are at the top, but I don't want to push anyone away, that's why everything is still up in the air. I'd like to visit other Florida schools a little more. I haven't been to FIU yet, but they've been recruiting me pretty hard and I'd like to go there to show them my respect."

"UCF is close. I get along good with Coach Salem. Their quarterback coach has some connections with our school which is cool, and they've been recruiting me since I was a freshman. I'm really familiar with the program, it is close to home, easy for my family to attend. I just like it there, it is a program on the rise and great things are coming there. They are starting to attract a lot of top notch players, you can tell by all their early commits. Plus the coaches are upfront and honest, which I like."

"Georgia Tech has a great campus and atmosphere. They've been real good sending hand-written letters to me every day, they really make me feel wanted. I talked to them, and Coach Paul Johnson said if I play hard and play as good as he thinks I am, there is no reason why I cannot play early."

McBurse will be graduating this December and he wants to bring things to a head in terms of recruiting by the end of the season.

"I probably won't take an official visit to UCF just because I've been there so often. I made plans to head to Georgia Tech and Cincinnati, but haven't scheduled anything else as of now, I'm not sure where else I'll go."

With offers from Auburn, Georgia Tech, Purdue, Cincinnati, FIU, and UCF amongst others, McBurse will have to weigh out his options, but for now it seems that UCF will be at the top of his mind when making his decision.

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