Burden Waiting on Offer from Pack

Statesboro (GA) offensive lineman Freddie Burden was a standout at NC State's camp but will the Pack offer? Pack Pride has the latest on the rising senior's recruitment.

So far Freddie Burden has six offers from FCS schools and he's waiting to hear from some of the other programs that have been keeping an eye on him.

NC State is one of the FBS programs that has been keeping a close watch on Burden, a 6-3, 291-pound offensive lineman from Statesboro, Georgia.

Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Presbyterian, South Carolina State, Grambling and South Alabama are the schools that have offered. South Alabama will be moving to the FBS ranks within the next couple of years, but Burden is waiting to hear back from a pair of schools in North Carolina.

"I was at the NC State camp last weekend and I did pretty good," he told Pack Pride. "I did pretty good in the one-on-ones and I ran a 5.0-flat (in the 40-yard dash) and a 4.3 shuttle. I was working out as a guard.

"Coach Sands is my recruiting coordinator and he told me they were going to have a staff meeting Monday and get back to me. They'll tell me then whether they're going to offer or not."

What did Burden think about NC State while he was in town?

"I saw a little bit of it. It's a great school. They've got nice facilities and it's pretty good academically," he said.

Burden said that NC State and Florida are his two favorites right now. He was at Florida last weekend and just a day after he camped at NC State he was at Duke.

"I think I did better at Duke than I did at NC State," he acknowledged. "I did real good in the one-on-ones there and I felt like I competed real good. I handled my man.

"I talked to Coach Middleton and Coach Luke, the offensive line coach. Coach Middleton asked me how it went and I told him good. He told me that Coach Luke had said that it went well for me. They've got a staff meeting just like NC State and then they'll get back to me.

"I didn't get to see much of the Duke campus. We drove through it on the way back home and it looks pretty nice. It's a great academic school."

Burden may be done with camps and visits for the summer but he isn't sure about that yet. He's open to waiting as long as it takes to find out whether other schools, like the ones just mentioned, plan on offering or not.

This fall Burden will be playing exclusively on offense for Statesboro. Last year was his first season of varsity football and he made the most of it, earning all-region honors and helping his team to the semifinals of the state playoffs.


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