2014 recruit: Curtis Burston

Middle Creek High School (Apex, N.C.) wide-receiver Curtis Burston is getting more attention from college coaches and seeing more offers come his way. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about the recent offer he received from East Carolina.

Curtis Burston, WR, 6-2, 212 lbs, Middle Creek High School, Apex, North Carolina.

ECU became the seventh school to offer 2014 Middle Creek wide-receiver Curtis Burston. He got his offer earlier in the week, but Burston said the Pirate coaching staff has been in contact with him for some time.

"Wide-receiver Coach Dave Nichol spoke with me multiple times," Burston said. "They (ECU) have been talking to me for the past two or three months, but (Offensive Coordinator) Lincoln Riley was waiting to offer until he saw me in person. He offered me right after school a few days ago."

Aside from having a few friends who attend ECU, Burston said he didn't know much about the Pirates or the school. He plans on making a visit whenever he can.

"I haven't visited yet," Burston said. "I plan on talking with the coaches and working something out. Receivers Coach (Dave) Nichol told me to contact him to see when a good time would be to come. It could be summer or fall."

As for other schools, Burston has been contacted by plenty of programs.

"I've been hearing from Virginia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest, N.C. State and UNC Chapel Hill," Burston said. "I've been offered from Furman, Hampton, Old Dominion, Campbell, UNC Charlotte, Boston College and now ECU. I worked out for (N.C) State the day before the offensive coordinator (Lincoln Riley) from ECU came. They (the Wolfpack) said they would contact me in the next couple of days and it could be with an offer."

Burston was a First Team All-Conference selection last season and is working hard to replicate that performance.

"I'm working to be a more productive and explosive football player," Burston said. "I have to be able to make plays when my team needs them, that's what I'm on the field to do. I'll do whatever it takes."

In his highlight tape, Burston has multiple one-handed grabs and acrobatic catches. After switching to receiver from quarterback, he said the catching just came natural.

"My whole life I played quarterback," Burston said. "From Pop Warner until ninth grade that's what I played. When my coaches wanted me to convert to receiver my freshman year I ran away with it and the ball-skills came natural to me."

With his junior year just finishing up this week, this prospect has plans to attend multiple camps in the summer of 2013.

"I plan on going to Virginia Tech," Burston said. "If (N.C.) State doesn't offer soon then I'll go there. ECU said I didn't have to come out to their camp since they've seen me workout so many times. I want to go to Wake Forest's camp and may make it out to Clemson, but I don't know."

Boston College was the first big program to offer this receiver and they seemed to have caught his eye, but Burston says other schools have a shot as well.

"ECU is a great school so they are at the top as well," he said. "They offered me and took a chance so that speaks to me. Boston College is a good school, but the distance is the questionable thing. My top three right now is Boston College, ECU and Old Dominion."

As far as committing, Burston has his mind made up for the most part.

"I'm graduating early," he said. "So I will make my decision after the season. I don't want to have any distractions during the season."

Burston finished his junior season with 54 catches for 813 yards and seven touchdowns. His offers include Boston College, Furman, Hampton, Old Dominion, UNC Charlotte, Campbell and now ECU. He would be a great pick up for the Pirates and Inside ECU Sports will contact him after his official visit.


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