Corey Bender

4-star 2018 athlete Burney enjoys day with Gators

It was his sixth visit and before he is even done with his junior season, but 4-star Scout300 athlete Amari Burney visited the Gators on Saturday and again enjoyed his trip.

Amari Burney is a top target for the Gator’s 2018 class and getting him to campus with visits that go well is what the Florida football staff intends to do a lot of. So far, he’s visited the Gator football program six times and each time something new comes up that he likes.

“The trip went good,” said Burney, a day after his visit when several other juniors were in along with several official visitors in the 2017 class. “It was a great experience for my first college basketball game, so it went good. The crowd was amazing. It was a close game and they were into it the whole game. It was amazing.

Burney had time to meet with the staff, which coincidentally is fighting over which side of the ball they want him to play, but mainly wanted to ensure him and his parents that Florida was a great place to come for the life experience as well.

“I was just talking to all the coaches, they were just talking to me about the recruiting process and stuff like that,” he said. They really weren’t talking about football yesterday. We were talking about academics and what I should do after football.

“They say they will look at me at both positions (receiver and safety) but say it is my decision. They just want me to commit when I commit and then they will find a position for me.

“When I was in the office with (defensive back) Coach Gray, the receiver coach came in there and said, ‘you’re in the wrong office’. It was pretty funny.”

While he hasn’t publicly announced a top group of schools, Burney says that is likely coming very soon and that the Gators sit in a good position for him.

“I don’t have a list of top schools, probably in the next week or so I am going to say five,” he said. They (the Gators) would be in the top list of schools.”

Burney has a good feel at Florida and points out the reasons the Gators are up there in his mind.

“Mainly the academics, the coaches… I have been up there like six times and they make it feel like home every time I go up there,” he said. “They have this new academics building and it was pretty cool to see the building and see that you can succeed.

He says his next visit will be to LSU, likely in the next couple of weeks when they are expected to host a junior day. He also has a timeline for getting the process done.

“I am making my decision on June 1,” Burney said. “It is going to be based on the academics, the coaches, and my parents and what they like. My parents will be a factor in my recruitment. They thought it was great coming to the basketball game and meeting the coaches, sitting down and talking.

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