The recruiting process has been going pretty well, Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, Ga.) High School sophomore cornerback Donte Burton said. It’s been going pretty quickly, too.
“The first school to offer was Vanderbilt and it was April 1,” he said.
“They’ve been coming in pretty quick,” Burton said.
It’s been a lot to process for the 6-foot, 175-pounder, but he seems to have a good handle on the early attention and dealing with it all.
“It’s going pretty well,” Burton told BlackAndGoldIllustrated.com. “It’s a really exciting moment in my life right now. I’m talking to a lot of schools and everything and on the radar.”
What are the college coaches saying they like about Burton?
“They say how quick my feet are, I have quick feet and how I play the deep ball,” he said.
Burton, who has been timed at 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash, already has the size and speed that schools are looking for in a cornerback and could possibly grow even taller.
One of Burton’s recent offers, from Missouri, comes with an interesting twist.
“I like Missouri because my dad grew up in Missouri,” Burton said.
His father, Dexter Burton, grew up in the Kansas City area, signed with the University of Missouri out of high school but ended up at a junior college and then the University of Georgia.
While at Highland (Kan.) Community College, Dexter Burton was teammates with Ronnie Wingo. The two have remained friends.
Wingo has had two sons play D-1 football — Ronnie Wingo Jr. was a running back at Arkansas and Raymond Wingo is currently a wide receiver at Missouri — and he helped the elder Burton get in touch with Missouri assistant coach Cornell Ford, which eventually helped lead to an offer from the Tigers.
Donte Burton still has a long way to go in the recruiting process, and it looks like his recruitment will blow up before long, but Missouri already ranks as his father’s favorite among the schools that have offered.