Macon (Ga.) Westside linebacker Julian Burnett has narrowed his focus to five schools that have offered and NC State is one of them. He plans on taking at least two official visits. Will one be to Raleigh?
On the season Westside has played 10 games and Burnett has been a force, recording more than 130 tackles and making plays all over the field. The 5-10, 225 pound senior is being recruited exclusively as a linebacker. He might not have ideal height, but he has been proving doubters wrong throughout his playing career.
In a recent interview Burnett had some nice things to say about the Wolfpack. NC State's coaches have taken a serious interest in him and apparently it is mutual.
"Well, a few weeks ago (NC State) offered me," he said. "I wasn't really that knowledgeable about the school at the time. Coach McCollum came down to see me and visited with me a little bit. He couldn't talk too much but he made me feel like I would fit in up there and that it would be a great place for me to go.
"I've been thinking about it a lot since then. I've got the media guide now, so I picked it up and flipped through it to get a picture of what it would be like up there. I'm really considering going up there for school."
While Burnett has not yet taken any official visits he has visited a couple of schools unofficially.
"I went up to Georgia Tech for their games against Florida State and Mississippi State. Me and another player went to the Middle Tennessee game when they played Louisiana-Monroe, and that was this last Saturday. I had a good time on those trips.
"I definitely think I'm going to take a trip to NC State and I'm probably taking one to Ole Miss. I don't know exactly how many I'll take but there will probably be a couple of others. I don't know that NC State and Ole Miss are my favorites, but I've just started planning to go out there."
Burnett is rated a two-star prospect and the No. 77 middle linebacker in the nation by Scout.com. In addition to NC State, Burnett also boasts offers from Ole Miss, Purdue, South Carolina and Wake Forest.