One player that Brian Burns was hoping to see Saturday night was junior defensive end Alex McCalister. McCalister was hurt so he didn’t play. There is some scuttle about McCalister leaving early, but one way or another it won’t have a bearing with any decision with regards to Florida.
“He might go early, because he had a great season,” Burns said of McCalister. “I was hoping to look at him and how they use him. I didn’t get to see him because he didn’t play, but I have seen him in other games. I would rather him stay and me come in and learn things from him.”
Right now there are five schools standing out for Burns who says he could have a decision for the U.S. Army All-American Game in early January. Those five standing out are Georgia, Florida, FSU, LSU, and Alabama.
Although he says it was never really made public, there was one school that stood out at one time for Burns, and most knew it.
“Georgia was the leader for a while, never announced, but that was my perspective,” he said.
Now the Gators are getting a lot of his attention and he likes what is going up in Gainesville.
“It is a great team,” he said. “Quincy tells me how close they are as a team instead of a whole bunch of players playing together. I would love to be in a brotherhood like that.
“The defense is live. They play together well and the scheme fits everyone in a perfect way. They are considered ‘DBU’ for a reason.”
The Florida staff has him slotted at the same position as McCalister and he likes that.
“RUSH end,” he said. “It is my ability to rush the passer and having the talent in the back end would be a perfect combination.
Although he could choose at the All-American game, it appears he will wait it out a while after that.
“No timetable for a decision,” he said. “It might go to late January. I will take most of my officials in January.”