Burton eyes degree, playing time

Junior athlete Brandon Burton of Gardena (Calif.) Serra was offered by Notre Dame this past week.

Notre Dame was very active on the west coast, particularly California, last week in regards to extending offers to members of the 2016 class. One player to pick up an Irish offer was Brandon Burton of Gardena (Calif.) Serra.

Notre Dame is recruiting Burton for offense, though Burton also excels at safety.

"I have been talking with Notre Dame for a while," Burton said. "I consider this offer a blessing. Coach (Matt) LaFleur thinks I fit Notre Dame's offense perfectly," Burton said. "He likes my ability to get open and especially my ability to be physical when I'm not getting the ball and I'm blocking down the field."

Burton also touts offers from the likes of Arizona State, California, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Stanford, UCLA and USC.

"I'm neutral on every school right now," Burton said. "But, first of all, the degree is going to be most important to me. And secondly, how early can I get on the field."

Is leaving California a possibility?

"I don't know about that right now," Burton said. "I'm 50/50 on that."

Besides Notre Dame, the other most recent offer for Burton was Stanford, who offered in October. Other schools expressing interest as of late in the 6-foot-2, 190-pound athlete (but have not offered) include Alabama, Arizona and Washington.

Burton is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 6 safety in the class of 2016.

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