Burney was selected to the North Carolina All-State Team this season, receiving the most votes among defensive backs. He was also chosen to play in the Shrine Bowl and started the game as a kick returner.
Padgett believes his versatility will allow him to play a number of positions at UNC, while the cornerback and safety positions have been talked about the most.
The 5-foot-9 170-pounder averaged 10 tackles per game as a defensive back for Southwest head coach Phil Padgett's squad, who believes UNC was an easy choice for Burney.
"He's the best thing that I've seen come through in this school or in this county since I've been living here, and I've been living here all of my life," Padgett said. "He's just a tremendous athlete. I think he can play right away, truth be told. He won't be the fastest kid on the football field, but he's got great speed and unbelievable hands. He's probably got the best hands of anyone out there. He's got great hips, and he's also intelligent, so he's got all of the pieces of the puzzle to be successful right away at Carolina."
Burney selected UNC over offers from Clemson, Virginia Tech, East Carolina and Duke.