Donte Burton

Irish ‘at the top of the list’ for Donte Burton

It was big news for the Irish when Georgia cornerback prospect Donte Burton moved his Notre Dame visit date up to this weekend. Following an 11-hour drive to South Bend, Burton has the Irish in the lead.

The Irish would love to add talent to their cornerback class this summer.

Following a Saturday visit to South Bend, it appears the Irish have a great shot at landing top corner prospect Donte Burton in early-September.

"Everything I got to see today, it was beautiful and I really enjoyed the tour and I got to see everything that I wanted to see," Burton said. "It all went really good. I mean, I really liked everything that I saw.

"(The Irish) are at the top of the list for sure."

Donte Burton

With 27 offers and several programs keeping up consistent contact, Burton plans to take several visits to colleges across the nation this summer before making a decision within the first few weeks of his senior season.

"I just want to make sure that I'm 'for sure' on my decision." Burton said. "I'm not trying to rush into anything. I'm going to take my time with the process.

"I hope to get out to Oregon, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Missouri, Pitt," Burton said. "I'm really just trying to get out to as many places as possible to be 'for sure' where I want to be."

Throughout Notre Dame's recruitment of the man-coverage specialist, Irish cornerbacks coach Todd Lyght has been the lead recruiter.

But Burton has known coach Mike Elko since his days at Wake Forest, who are also on Burton's offer list. He's also had a few phone conversations with head coach Brian Kelly.

Today, the entire coaching staff we're off campus attending the funeral of former Irish coach Bob Elliot.

Lyght made special plans to make it back to South Bend to spend time with Burton, likely scoring bonus points with the family.

"Coach Todd Lyght, he made an effort to come back to see me and talk to me. He came back on a private jet, I think. That was really big.

"I like the guy a lot. When I first met him, I really liked him. But I got to talk to him more when I was up there and he broke down and showed me some film on some guys he worked with and people that he helped get to the draft and things like that. He laid out the things about the school that I need to know. I enjoyed my time with him."

With half a dozen programs pushing for Burton's pledge, the Irish will need to continue to push on the gas pedal.

Now that an unofficial visit is in the books, Burton has checked of important boxes and has Notre Dame in the driver's seat for his commitment. Top Stories