Chad Simmons

With a Long List of Options, Donte Burton Has Some Future Visits in Mind

Donte Burton was verbally committed to North Carolina for eight months but he re-opened his recruitment in mid-April. The Buffaloes have made him a top priority cornerback target...

Donte Burton has yet to lock down any dates for summer visits. That does not mean the 5-foot-11, 172-pound cornerback prospect has not put thought into which programs he would like to check out before his senior season at Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett begins.

"Oklahoma State, Colorado, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and Oregon are places I would like to visit. I just don't know when my first visit will be yet," he said. "I'd like to get out to as many places as I can get to."

Burton said Missouri and Vanderbilt have also "reached out a lot" and he continues to keep North Carolina in consideration.

"I was just playing ball and enjoying it and then once I started catching the attention of colleges, it really turned into a blessing for me," he said. "Recruiting has become a way that I can elevate my game in the future, and a way to take my life to a new level.

"At first I began to narrow it down and I was committed but really now, some of my high school coaches have taught me to look at different things, so I am wide open. I don't really have a time line. I will probably make a decision sometime during the season."

The Buffaloes are in consideration largely because of the relationship Burton is developing with Colorado's secondary coach.

"Coach [ShaDon] Brown has reached out to me a lot and I like what I am hearing from him," he said. "I know their secondary sent a lot of guys to the NFL, and there is going to be a great opportunity for other corners to compete for a job early there. That is what I want to do."

Aside from an opportunity for early playing time, Burton said he is looking for a University with an "all-around family feel." A standout in the classroom as well, with a 3.7 grade point average, Burton wants to study Business Management or Construction Management in college.

Ranked as the top cornerback recruit in the South Region this cycle, Burton has received a total of 27 offers.

"Colleges like that I am a confident player in man coverage and that I can take on the challenge of pretty much any receiver, from small to large, from quick to deep threats," he said. "They just like my mentality and how physical I play."

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