2016 SoCal athlete is worthy of the hype

You have to be pretty freaky to land multiple offers as a freshman before you have even played starters minutes. That's exactly the case for Gardena (Calif.) Serra athlete Brandon Burton.

Brandon Burton was in San Diego over the weekend to catch some passes and get some work in at Steve Clarkson's QB Retreat. One quick look at Burton and it's hard to believe he's just a freshman and just a 15 year old freshman at that.

Burton already has a college frame, facial hair and runs around and catches the ball like he has been doing it his whole life. He looks about 6-0, 180 pounds right now and projects very well at receiver or safety and said he has no preference what position he plays in college.

"I never expected any of this early attention I've been getting," Burton said. "Utah was my first offer and then I got Florida State, USC and UCLA, those are all big time programs. I know a lot of times, those first offers that come in are from smaller schools but all four of those schools are pretty big so it has really been humbling for me.

"It just makes me want to go out and work harder to prove myself. Football wise, I really don't have a preference between receiver or safety. I would actually love to play both in college and feel comfortable at each spot. I feel I'm just an athlete who can go out and make plays and I just want to be on the field, doesn't matter to me where I line up."

As far as a timeline to make his decision, there was some talk that Burton, who grew up a big USC fan, could make an early commitment but said that wasn't true.

"No, it's way to early for me," Burton said. "I did grow up a USC fan but I have to make a business decision here and have to pick the best place for me, not just the school I grew up cheering for. I'm sure it will be tough to push those feelings down but that's why I'm waiting, a lot can change between now and when I'm a senior.

"I plan to take all my official visits and go through the process. A part of me wants to stay close to home and another part wants to leave and see and experience something new. Like I said, I have a long way to go though and I'm just going to have fun and enjoy this time right now."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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