2018 athlete Burney discusses Florida offer

The Florida Gators held a Junior Day event on Saturday and just a handful of sophomores were asked to be there. Among them was terrific Clearwater Central Catholic athlete Amari Burney.  Burney came away with an offer.

Amari Burney visited Gainesville Saturday with his mom and dad in tow. He got the grand tour of the facilities and the school like most get to do on a visit like this. He also got to see how the players interact with the coaching staff at Florida.

“I really liked the medical trainer’s room inside the stadium and the way they take care of the players,” Burney said the day after the visit. “They seemed like one big family.”

At the end of the visit, Florida head coach Jim McElwain had a special message for Burney and his parents.  

“We were there and Coach called me into his office,” he said. “He sat me down a little bit talking to me about school. Then he offered me a scholarship.

“It means a lot coming from the head coach himself.”

McElwain and staff let Burney know exactly why they wanted to offer.

“They like my size, my speed, and my athleticism,” he said. “My hands are soft. I can run routes, I get off the line, and can block.

“They told me they were recruiting me as an athlete, never told me any particular position. Most schools see me as a safety or receiver. I prefer receiver.”

Florida is his second offer while the Miami Hurricanes were the first to throw a scholarship his direction. Burney says he has grown up a fan of Alabama.

Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is the one in charge of his recruitment right now for the Gators and he says there is no timetable for a return trip to Florida. It is kind of on them.

“I will be back whenever they invite me back,” he said.

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