Roshard Burney Updates Season, Visit Plans

The Fighting Illini football team is attracting a number of top running backs with its two open scholarships for next year. Among those at the top of the list is Floridian Roshard Burney. He is having an excellent senior season and plans to visit the Illini after the season is completed.

Running back Roshard Burney is listed as a three-star prospect by Scout, but many think that is too low a rating. He has both speed and power and is considered a top prospect by the Illinois staff. He provided a recent update on his senior season for Palm Beach Gardens.

"It is going pretty good. We are 4-1, and we just have to keep on playing, stay hungry, and we will be very successful. As long as we handle our business, we should be the number one seed heading into playoffs."

His individual statistics are impressive as well.

"I have 86 carries, 730 yards, and 8 TDs."

The 5'-10", 210 pounder believes his running style is his strength.

"I am really loose, where I can make you miss with a move or with my speed. I also run low."

The hard worker is always looking to improve.

"Everybody has things to work on. Some things I can work on are my speed, my agility, my endurance, and little things like that."

Burney was hoping to visit Illinois last summer, and then he thought fall was a possibility. Now it appears that visit won't occur until after his season is over. But he definitely plans to do so.

"Oh yes, for sure! I don't know when I will be able to, though, because I do not have a lot of free time. I need to focus on my season right now, so I will probably visit after the season."

His recruiting coach for the Illini is Jeff Brohm. Their relationship has helped the Illini's efforts to obtain his services.

"He is a really good guy. He is probably recruiting me the hardest out of all the schools that have offered me. I haven't had a ton of time to develop a close relationship with him, but I still think he is a really good guy."

Burney has a number of scholarship offers, and he wants to be fair to all of them.

"Illinois, West Virginia, Purdue, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Buffalo Memphis, Mid Tennessee, FAU, Georgia State, and a couple others. I have to weigh all my options because I don't want to cut anyone out."

He has a good idea what he wants from his college choice.

"Do they offer what I am looking for in a major, are they good coaches, class sizes, is the program headed in the right direction, and just a place that I will be able to call home. Early playing time will be a factor too."

The Illini football team has made a strong impression with Burney, winning its first 6 games and being nationally ranked.

"Illinois has a good program. Coach (Ron) Zook has them going in the right direction. They run the same offense that is run at my school. I think they are a program really heading the right direction. It is definitely a program I could see myself playing for."

But first things first. His responsibility right now is leading his high school team. His college decision will come after that.

"I'll probably make a decision sometime after my season is finished."

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