In recruiting it's easy to get caught up in heights, weights and 40-yard dash times. Often, the means to production can take on greater importance than the production and success itself. If you use success as the measuring stick for DB/ATH Kendric Burney of SW Onslow High School in Jacksonville, NC, then few in the state have been better.
During his high school career, Burney has tallied an eye-opening 16 interceptions. More importantly is the fact he has led the Stallions to back to back 2A state championships and a superb 15-1 record in 2004. Along the way Burney collected nearly 2,000 all purpose yards and 23 touchdowns en route to all-area, all-conference and player of the year honors.
In the state title game last year Burney totaled 146 total yards, including three touchdowns. On defense he had eight tackles and a fumble recovery and earned team and championship game MVP honors.
Burney told Pack Pride recently about his role on the SW Onslow squad last year and where he thinks his future lies once he makes the transition to college.
"Last year they moved me back to quarterback," said Burney. "We would get into the Wing-T formation and option run. But I've also played DB, mostly free safety. I think most colleges like me as a free safety or a cover corner."
At 5-10, 170 pounds and boasting 4.5-second speed in the 40 yard dash, Burney has seen his mailbox fill up early and often with letters from UNC, NC State, Duke, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Clemson among others. Several have already stepped forward with scholarship offers.
"UNC, Virginia Tech, Clemson and Duke have offered me," said Burney. "I'm not sure about State yet. I think South Carolina will offer soon."
The prior relationship between former Doc Holliday and Burney has been widely reported. Burney stated that he's still in the process of evaluating the Wolfpack without Holliday, and it's a school he's watching closely.
"State's a nice school, and they have real nice people," he said. "The loss of Doc kind of hurt me, but it's been picking back up. State's a great place, and I'm going to look at it hard.
"I don't really have a top five right now. I'm pretty much just open but State's definitely one of my top ones, but I'm just not sure in what order."
One additional caveat with Burney is his close relationship with friend and football rival, Deunta Williams of White Oak High School. The two have been close for years and have made no secret about their intention to play football together on the next level.
"It's going to be a definite package deal," said Burney.
Burney plans to camp at State, East Carolina and UNC over the summer.