Denbrock on 4-star Cali athlete

Four-star athlete Brandon Burton is hearing more from Notre Dame, notably Mike Denbrock. The Irish will visit the standout from powerhouse Serra High School in Gardena, Calif., this spring.

Expecting a visit from Notre Dame associate head coach Mike Denbrock during the spring evaluation period is four-star athlete Brandon Burton of Gardena (Calif.) Serra.

“(Denbrock) says he wants to build a relationship with me,” Burton said. “He seems like a real good coach and a good guy, too from talking with him on Twitter recently. I know he’s supposed to get out to our school this spring and I’ll get a chance to meet with him then.”

Burton currently holds offers from Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete was first offered by Notre Dame in December by former Irish quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur. 

“Notre Dame has great tradition, great academics and they’re great on the field,” Burton said. “I don’t know much about them other than that, but it sounds like I will learn more soon if I keep talking with Coach Denbrock.”

According to Burton, the Irish are recruiting him as a safety.

“I’m still trying to feel things out (position-wise),” Burton said. “The biggest thing for me is getting on the field, so I don’t really care too much how I get recruited. Plus, schools are recruiting me for everything. It’s all over the place, whether as an athlete, straight defensive back or straight wide receiver.”

Burton plans to take his recruitment into the fall and check out non-local schools on official visits. Most recently, he has taken unofficials to Arizona State, Oklahoma, UCLA and USC.

Burton has yet to publicly name favorites, though he intends to cut his list to five to seven schools before the start of his senior season.

“I want to play early and get a good education,” Burton said. “Those are the main things. And I want to go somewhere I can see myself living.”

As a junior, Burton posted 39 tackles and two interceptions.

Burton is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 3 athlete in California and as the No. 8 athlete overall in the Class of 2016.


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