Burdine Picks RedHawks

Miami Ohio head coach Don Treadwell didn't have to look to far in finding his next commitment for the 2013 recruiting class as A.J. Burdine has issued his verbal pledge. Burdine gives FOXSportsNEXT.com the latest.

With prime football talent just down the road in Cincinnati, Miami Ohio head coach Don Treadwell has shown the ability to pluck top talent from one of the toughest high school leagues in the country, the Greater Catholic league.

Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder two-way standout A.J. Burdine is the latest to add his name to the RedHawks recruiting class following his official visit.

"My official visit went good and everything," said Burdine. "My mom had a really good feeling about it too and she usually picks up on things. We've taken some visits this past summer to schools like Wisconsin and Miami was just a whole different thing as it's smaller than the other schools and I feel I'll fit in there."

One thing Miami coaches had going for them was the closeness of campus to Burdine's home.

"Miami is about 45 minutes from my house," explained Burdine. "As the coaches told me, Miami is as far as I needed to be and as close as I need to be. Overall I had a really good feeling and I like the coaches a lot.

"I've also met some of the commits there and they are really friendly and our parents bonded very well. Miami had a very good recruiting class last year and are having one this year so I'm really excited about going to Miami."

Burdine will see several familiar faces when he arrives on campus.

"I'm also excited that my teammates, Jake Hilvert also committed to Miami today. Nick Custer is another former teammate there and there are other guys who played at schools in the GCL."

Another GCL tie came from the RedHawks coaching staff and Burdine's main recruiter.

"Coach (Matt) Edwards also a GCL guy," said Burdine. "He's a really good guy who played at Moeller and we always joke about Moeller and Elder. He's not that old and I felt really comfortable with him. I see him more as a friend than a coach, but in a respectful way."

As for what side of the ball Burdine will play on in college, it sounds like the RedHawks are open.

"They are talking about defensive end right now," said Burdine. "Coach Treadwell was saying I'm a versatile guy and can play on offense or defense. Wherever they need me I'll play to help the team, but as of right now I'm a defensive end."

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