Amari Burney (Photo by Danny Parker)

Scout 200 Athlete Amari Burney returns to Florida; Gators among the top after visit

New Florida defensive back coach Corey Bell impressed Scout 200 athlete Amari Burney on Saturday. The Calvary Christian playmaker discusses his junior day visit to Gainesville.

Amari Burney made the return trip to Gainesville on Saturday for Florida's junior day. 

"The visit was great," said the Scout 200 athlete from Clearwater, Fla. "First chance to catch a practice and meet [defensive back] coach [Corey] Bell." 

Although Burney has visited campus several times the last few years, his time with the new Florida assistant furthered his connection with the program. 

"I thought he was great. He coaches hard and that makes you a great player," said Burney. "He pushes his player hard and always going to tell the truth." 

Florida head coach Jim McElwain hired Bell to replace former defensive backs coach Torrian Gray, who left UF to coach at the Washington Redskins. "I think it is a good choice," said Burney about the hire after meeting Bell. 

During his time in Gainesville, Gray and McElwain were recruiting Burney on both sides of the ball, something that is continuing under Bell. 

"Coach Mac and the staff said I'm going to be a Gator," said Burney about the coaches' message on his visit. "They are leaving up to me [on which side of the ball I will play on]." 

So where does Florida stack after his visit? 

"Nothing has changed and Florida is still among the top of my list," said Burney. "Education, coaching and the environment [puts Florida among the top]." 

According to Burney, "everybody is even" and he does not "have a number one at this time." He is hoping his upcoming visits will clear things up before his summer commitment. 

"I'm visiting Virginia Tech on April 22nd for the spring game, Ohio State, Florida State and a few others before I make my decision."

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