NJ TE/WR Still Has SU On His Radar
Syracuse was one of the first schools in on Patterson (N.J.) tight end-wideout Dante Burton, and despite increasing interest from some of college football's major players, the Orange remain on the radar for the Garden State prospect.
Burton, a 6-foot-5, 238-pound athlete, is in the middle of planning official visits. He said he'll take trips to Florida, Miami, Tennessee and Cincinnati, with the fifth visit most likely going to either ECU or Syracuse. He said he will take all five visits, though he has become increasingly interested in Florida, which recently told him a written offer would be on the way once the staff there gets his film in hand.
"Just off of name I would say Florida [is my favorite] but I haven't been anywhere, so that's only off of name. I'll go wherever I feel the most comfortable."
Burton is a former teammate of SU freshman Jarel Lowery, who has actively been recruiting him for SU.
"He's telling me he thinks it has something to do with coaching, and that they'll have an NFL coach there next year," he said.
Asked if he's still seriously interested in SU, he said, "Absolutely."
Burton has been watching all of his schools play this year, though he said it won't be a major part of his decision.
"I was most impressed with ECU, at least early on, with the schools they beat. They were the biggest surprise. Of course Florida is always you always expect big things from Florida. Miami is playing OK and Tennessee is playing OK," he said.
Burton's Patterson Catholic team is 2-1 so far, and he's recorded two touchdowns, five sacks and around 20 tackles thus far. Most schools are recruiting him as a tight end, where he's a major threat.
"I would say my biggest strength is being a receiving target. I think I'm very fast for a tight end," said Burton, who runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash.
Fortunately for SU, there's plenty of time left to woo Burton, who said he will not make a decision until he's taken all five official visits.
"I'm in no rush," he said.
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