Burns receives visit from Spurrier, Cooper

South Carolina defensive back commitment Jarrett Burns received a visit from USC coaches Steve Spurrier and Ron Cooper at his school on Monday, and they discussed how the Gamecocks plan to utilize Burns' talents at USC, what he can expect from new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder and much more. Read inside for all the details.

The 6'3", 185 pound Burns, who committed to South Carolina back in November, said he thoroughly enjoyed talking with Spurrier and Cooper when they stopped by his school on Monday afternoon.

"Coach Spurrier and Coach Cooper stopped by my school and met with me and my dad. It went real well," said Burns. "Of course we talked about my chances of playing next year and where I would play, but we were really just talking and having fun. It was a good conversation."

According to Burns, USC plans to start him at safety but the Gamecocks are well aware of the versatility that he possesses on the gridiron.

"They want me at safety. That's what they've mainly recruited me as, but they said if that doesn't work they could try me at corner because they also like me there. Coach Spurrier even threw out that he likes me at wideout," he said. "I'm just planning to go in and do whatever I can do to get on the field. Whether it's at safety, corner or wideout, I'm just trying to get on the field as soon as possible and help South Carolina win a championship."

While Burns has yet to talk with new South Carolina defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, he learned more about him from Spurrier and Cooper during their visit on Monday.

"When Coach Cooper and Coach Spurrier came up today, they told me about Coach VanGorder. They told me he's a real good guy and a real good coach. They said he's been in the NFL for a couple years, so obviously he knows what he's talking about. I haven't met him yet, but he knows what he's doing and knows what he's looking for. I'm just looking forward to playing under him."

The Tennessee Volunteers have shown increased interest in Burns in recent months which initially caused Burns to re-think the firmness of his USC commitment, but the Yellowhammer State sleeper said he remains solid in his pledge to the Gamecocks.

"I think Tennessee is kind of like a little copy-cat. They'd been on me for a while, but they never extended an offer. Then they saw that South Carolina offered and they're an SEC school, so they started coming after me harder. At the same time, Jomarcus Savage has told me that Tennessee keeps asking him, 'If we get Jarrett to come to Tennessee, could we get you?' That makes it sound to me like they're just trying to get me to get him, and I don't really like that too much. They're still coming after me, but I'm not really too high on them," he said. "There have been a lot of coaches that have called, but I've told them about my commitment to South Carolina and they've respected that and have backed off."

Burns last trip to Columbia came back in November for the South Carolina - Florida game, and while he learned a lot about USC's football program and environment on that trip, he's looking forward to his official visit this weekend to develop an even stronger comfort level at Carolina.

"I'm coming up this weekend for my official visit. When I visited for the Florida game, I already did a lot of things like hang out with the players and stuff. I already have the comfort level I'm looking for there. I've seen all of the facilities and that kind of stuff. This time I'm just looking to solidify that comfort level."

Burns, who runs a 4.6 second forty yard dash, racked up 79 tackles and 1 interception as a safety in his senior season. He recently received a score of 23 on the ACT, and he projects as a full qualifier.

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