"Coach Brohm had told me early in the spring they had their eyes on me. He said when it got to be June, they were probably gonna offer me. He was a man of his word. He called me and told me I had an offer. I felt real good about the offer."
The Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, running back has other quality offers, but he has yet to visit any schools. He hopes to visit the Illini this summer if upcoming season preparations permit.
"I have 8 offers. I have Rutgers, Cincinnati, FAU, Georgia State, Memphis, Buffalo, Middle Tennessee and now Illinois.
"I'm planning on taking a couple visits. Right now, I know for sure Rutgers, and I'm probably gonna come out and visit Illinois, probably late summer. I have to work out and stay focused."
Burney had a decent junior year, rushing for 730 yards and 8 touchdowns, despite not being in top shape.
"I did pretty well. I could have done better, but I had an injury over the summer and didn't have a chance to work out. I'm talented, so my talent helped me out. I've just got to work out hard over the summer to get better."
Burney played some at strong safety last fall, but running back is his future. He describes his running style.
"I describe myself as an elusive back. I've got the power, I've got the moves. I like to drop a shoulder too. If they get in my way, I've got to steamroll them. Once I get on the field, I'm ready to go."
The 5'-10", 210 pounder is determined to have a great final season. He is working hard to be in top shape.
"I went out for track. I didn't run any meets because I didn't want to pull a muscle or anything like that. I just did it to get in shape."
Burney explains what he wants for his college experience.
"I'm looking for a place I can call home. I'm looking for a team that runs an "I" formation a majority but has a spread too because that's what we run."
The future Sports Medicine major believes he will be ready to make a college commitment during his senior season.
"Probably by the second game, before I make official visits. I want to see how their season goes, how their coaches treat me."
Burney believes Palm Beach Gardens will have a successful 2011 season.
"We're pretty good. We're young. We'll get better, we'll get stronger, we'll get quicker off the ball. Once they progress, we'll be ready to go."