"Reality is setting in," said the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Burston. "It's starting to get real with the buying of dorm stuff, my laptop and packing. I'm excited to be starting a new step, but nervous because I don't know what to expect. I know I'll adjust and make the best of it."
Burston will take his last official visit to campus on Jan. 9 before moving into his dorm room two days later.
2014 ECU commit and New Bern (N.C.) safety Cody Purdie is the only other early enrollee next to Burston. The two will get acclimated with one another early on as they will be roommates when they arrive. Purdie is also expected to be on campus Jan. 9.
As far as making the transition on the football field, Burston is confident he will handle it well.
"Football is football for me and that won't change," said Burston. "It hasn't changed much since Pop Warner. I know it will be way faster, but I'll do whatever it takes to be successful playing."
The early enrollment process allows athletes to get a jump on their studies. Burston knows this and is ready to hit the books. He mentioned he will go into school undecided on his major so that he can take time to figure out which field of study is right for him.
On as social level early enrollment is a difficult decision for student-athletes – the hardest part is leaving friends and family.
"It's been tough," said Burston. "However, all of my friends understand and know it's what best for me. I'm fine with the decision and ready to start something new. My friends told me they're ready to watch."
The biggest thing Burston is looking forward to when he arrives is meeting his teammates and getting back on the football field. Barring any injuries, he should start weight training immediately and participate in spring practice when the time comes.
Burston was one of three 2014 ECU commits selected to the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. He played for North Carolina's team which just fell short to South Carolina by a score of 28-23. The purpose of the game wasn't about who won, it was about collecting money for the children at Shriners Hospitals for Children.
This year's game raised $1,427,720 for the hospital. The money will provide care to burned and disabled children whether they can pay or not. Burston enjoyed the experience.
"The kids at Shriners Hospital had a huge impact on me," Burston said. "The activities we participated in with them were a lot of fun. Overall, the Shrine Bowl was an amazing experience. It was awesome being around all the best players in N.C. and S.C. It was also my last high school football game and I wouldn't trade it for anything."
With his last high school game behind him and his college football career starting in a couple of days, Burston seems poised to start of the process right.