Rutgers After South Florida Speedster

Rutgers dipped into South Florida for speed in the past, and the Scarlet Knights are looking there again in the form of Cardinal Gibbons of Fort Lauderdale cornerback/receiver Tim Burton. The 5-foot-8, 155-pound Burton ran the second-fastest 40 time at a combine last month, and is getting plenty of interest from the Scarlet Knights. He talks about it, and the latest developments in his recruiting.

New receivers coach P.J. Fleck is recruiting South Florida for Rutgers, and one of his targets is Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) speedster Tim Burton.

The 5-foot-8, 155-pound Burton plays cornerback and receiver for the Redskins.

"I talked to P.J. Fleck from Rutgers, and he said they want to evaluate me in person,'' Burton said. "I don't know too much about Rutgers right now. Coach Fleck is evaluating my film, and hopefully I can start calling once or twice a week so I can build a better relationship and learn more about the Rutgers tradition.

"He's seems like a pretty cool coach. I really like talking to him.''

Last month Burton clocked in at 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash, and he said he ran a 4.40 in the past.

"The main schools I get interest from are South Carolina, North Carolina, Rutgers and Maryland,'' Burton said. "Those are the four main schools, and I talked to the Kansas State coach. Minnesota has been writing me, too.''

Burton made 50 tackles and had two interceptions as a junior, and also plays receiver.

"I'm willing to play whatever,'' he said. "I could play slot. Slot isn't an issue. I've played offense all my life. Slot isn't an issue. I just started playing cornerback sophomore year.''

But one of the issues he continues to hear about is his size. He believes it already is keeping him from getting offers, and may impact his ability to play cornerback in college.

"A lot of the coaches tell me they are going to see how tall I get in the spring,'' Burton said. "This is what I hear all the time. If I was an inch-and-a-half taller, I'd probably have 20 offers or more. I'm not going to let it bring me down.

"Those are their exact words because my vertical is a 34, my shuttle is a 4.019. Everything is good, but I'm at this height, and they want me at that height and what not. If I played slot, it wouldn't be a problem.''

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