Athlete Juston Burris was NC State's first commitment for the class of 2011 and he has been solid for the Wolfpack throughout. Ironically, Burris was also the Pack's lone representative in this past weekend's Shrine Bowl.
Burris was lauded for his work during the practices leading up to the Shrine Bowl and represented himself well during the game. He talked with Pack Pride after a disappointing loss to South Carolina about his week long experience in Spartanburg.
"It was great," said Burris. "I loved it. I got to meet a lot of players from North Carolina that I had never met before. I had a chance to practice with them.
"I got to strap it on today, go against South Carolina. They were a good team. I think if our offense had of been a little more on, we still could have beat them."
So what was it like practicing and playing against guys that will likely take their talents to college next year?
"It was a huge difference. Even in practice it was a lot faster. Everyone was hitting hard and I think it was a good step in my journey to college."
Burris happened to be in the ear of two of those future college players. Both are solid prospects and each also happen to be important targets for NC State.
"I talked to Stephone Anthony and Shawn Underwood. Those two, they're looking at State. I talked to Shawn Underwood a little bit more and he's still committed to Carolina but I think he's still looking at State."
With his high school football career now over, Burris will begin to focus on his transition to NC State next summer. He told Pack Pride he'll be busier than ever as he prepares for the huge step up in competition.
"I'm going to start focusing on track, getting faster, getting stronger and then getting in the weight room more," he said. "I have a lot more time to do that now that football is over. So it's just going to be training and see what the NC State coaches want me to work on."
Where Burris will ultimately fit in at when he gets to State is still up in the air. He says he could potentially end up at any of three different positions.
"It's a mystery right now but I've been talking to them and they said boundary corner, safety and wide receiver so I don't know a certain spot right now. It would be great if I could play offense and have the ball in my hands."
Burris Preparing for the Future
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