UNC on Top of Burton's List

A Wednesday afternoon visit has solidified North Carolina's stance as Tim Burton's leader.

"I'm really liking the University of North Carolina Tar Heels," Burton said. "I'm favoring them a lot. It's safe to say they're on the top of my list.

"From interview to interview, everybody knew I liked North Carolina [before Wednesday's visit]. But I had never got a chance to see [the school] and meet the coaches. Now that I've been there myself, all it has done is made me feel ‘Okay, this school is for real – it is for me.'"

Before heading to UNC on Wednesday afternoon, Burton visited Duke. On Thursday, the 5-foot-8, 170-pound cornerback from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons will visit Wake Forest. He'll end his tour Friday with a trip to South Carolina.

"Education is one of the big reasons [I put this tour together] and North Carolina being a big business state [and] a big medical state," Burton said. "… And playing in the ACC [is attractive]. Plus, two of those schools I can say for a fact produce NFL players – Wake Forest and the University of North Carolina."

Burton is still awaiting his first scholarship offer. While in Chapel Hill on Wednesday, he received a status update on a possible UNC offer.

"I'm on the [recruiting] board," Burton said. "They haven't watched my film, yet – I don't think. They're going to be watching it [and] they're going to come visit in the spring."

If UNC offers, Burton admitted he'd probably commit on the spot.

"My father likes it, I like it, I like the setting, [and] I talked to some of the players there and they seem like cool people," Burton said. "Playing for Butch Davis is something I'm really looking forward to. It's just a matter of me getting an offer from them."

Burton's UNC stay also included a tour of the football facilities and UNC's spring practice.

"I like how they practice," Burton said. "They go hard, quick, and to the point. Not a lot of breaks."

The highlight of the visit was when Burton sat in on a film session with UNC's defensive backs.

"I learned how their scheme is played," Burton said. "I liked their scheme. They play a lot of man under. All the schemes I feel like fit into my playing style, because I'm all about speed. You can't play man if you don't have that."

Following the film session, Burton spoke with both Everett Withers and Troy Douglas.

"They asked me how I liked the school, told me I was on the board, and to keep working and everything else will pretty much fall into place," Burton said. "I got the feel for what they want in a defensive back. I feel like I can fit their strategies."

Burton plans to return to UNC this summer for the Tar Heels' camp. He also hopes to plan trips to Florida and Miami at some point.

Outside of the schools he has visited this week, Burton has visited Alabama and Florida. Burton has started at cornerback for Cardinal Gibbons since his sophomore year. Last season, he recorded 55 tackles, two interceptions, and eight pass breakups. He also rushed for a touchdown and returned a fumble and a kick return for scores.

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