Donte Burton became the first member of North Carolina’s 2018 recruiting class on Sunday. Via a Scout.com video, the cornerback announced his pledge to the Tar Heels.
Burton, a 5-foot-11, 172-pounder from Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett, selected UNC over scholarship offers from Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest. He also received interest from just about every SEC program.
Charlton Warren, who recruits Gwinnett County for UNC, offered Burton during the Spring Evaluation Period. Burton was able to work under Warren when the former attended Fedora’s Freak Show in June.
Burton’s pledge means UNC has plucked a prospect from the fertile recruiting grounds of Gwinnett County in three consecutive classes, which coincides with Warren joining the staff. Previously, UNC signed Tomon Fox within the 2016 class and received a commitment from Malik Robinson, a close friend of Burton’s, for the 2017 class.
Burton transferred into Central Gwinnett this offseason. The past two years, he played for Loganville (Ga.) High. As a sophomore, he was an All-Walton County selection at cornerback after recording 32 tackles, 12 pass breakups, and a pair of interceptions.