Tim Burton Hops On Board

The Blue Devil defensive backfield of the future is taking shape as yet another cornerback has decided to commit to Duke.

Tim Burton is coming to Duke.

The Florida prospect out of Fort Lauderdale's Cardinal Gibbons called the Duke coaching staff over the weekend and informed his recruiting coach, Derek Jones along with head coach David Cutcliffe.

So what made Duke so attractive for the 5-foot-10, 170 pound prospect with 4.4 speed?

"Honestly it came down to a chance to earn a degree from Duke and being set up for life after football. I know that with that kind of education I've got a leg up no matter what happens."

Of course the two star prospect isn't just hopping on for a free ride. Instead he's looking forward to helping restore a program that has made significant strides over the last few years.

"The program is on the rise and I feel like our class could be one of the final pieces to getting it [completely turned around]."

The self-described "clown" runs a 4.4 40-yd. dash, which he says gives him leeway on the football field.

"My speed helps me because I can get away with a lot of things," said Burton. "If I'm in man, I feel comfortable with a man being three yards in front or behind me."

Burton said he needs to work on his awareness, but his speed helps him make up for any deficiencies he may have in that area.

"When we play a team running and running and running the ball, I catch myself looking in the backfield," he said. "My athletic ability sometimes bails me out of those situations; if I wasn't as fast, I'd be screwed."

Burton has started at cornerback for Cardinal Gibbons since his sophomore year. Last season, he recorded 55 tackles, two interceptions, and eight pass breakups. He also rushed for a touchdown and returned a fumble and a kick return for scores.


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