Burbridge Ready for Challenge

Saturday will find Michigan State wide receiver pledge Aaron Burbridge taking the field against Cass Tech in a battle of future Spartans and Wolverines. We spoke with Burbridge about the upcoming game and more.

Saturday night future Michigan State Spartan wide receiver Aaron Burbridge will take his game to a college field. While it will not be in Spartan Stadium, the match-up against Cass Tech and Michigan pledges Royce Jenkins-Stone and Terry Richardson should be a classic battle on the campus of Eastern Michigan University.

What did Burbridge have to say about the upcoming game?

"We open on Saturday at 8 o'clock," said Burbridge. "It's against Cass Tech and it's going to be a real big game."

One of the reasons Burbridge pulled the trigger on his recruitment when he did was to take off any pressure.

How has it felt since pledging to be a Spartan?

"It's been a big relief," said Burbridge. "I now can concentrate only on my senior season and school when it starts up."

As for his reasons for picking the Spartans there were several but the relationships between him and the Spartans coaching staff was a major key.

"For me the relationship I built with coach (Brad) Salem made me feel real comfortable," said Burbridge. "I feel I can talk with him about a lot of things besides football. Also, coach (Terrence) Samuel's played a role in my commitment too.

"It was also about trust. I really felt I could trust coach (Mark) Dantonio and know we'll have a long term relationship after football."

As a player Burbridge also felt the Spartans can help him take his game to another level.

"A lot of players from my school have gone to Michigan State," said Burbridge. "Over the years many of them have taken their game to the NFL. I feel like the coaching staff can help me take my game to the next level."

Despite offers from outside of the state, Burbridge placed family first.

"I really wanted to stay home," said Burbridge. "I didn't want to be too far away from my family."

As for his goals on the field this fall the 6-foot-1, 185-pound receiver has team first.

"Our goal is to win 14 games and winning a state championship."

While some recruits talk about helping recruit players to attend school with them. Burbridge has learned it's best to let others make their own choices.

"No I'm not going to do any of that," said Burbridge. I'm just into letting people make their own decisions and sit back and watch the class grow."


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