It's Early for Burton

Gardena (Calif.) Serra sophomore Brandon Burton is already one of the state's top two-way players and should have a breakout season next fall...

Although just a sophomore, Brandon Burton has been on the scene for a couple of years now. He picked up his first few scholarship offers while he was still just a freshman and was already a well known prospect after dominating the pop warner circuit.

He's a two-way standout capable of playing receiver or safety at the next level and saw action on both sides at the Pylon 7v7 tourney in Las Vegas.

"Receiver is my first love but I want to be recruited as an athlete," Burton said over the weekend. "I would love to play both ways but if I had to choose, it would be receiver. Some games I focused more on safety and others receiver but I'm very comfortable at both spots."

Burton should have a breakout junior season after playing in the shadows of some elite talent this past season. He's a very gifted player with good size, speed, ball skills and awareness. He's a smart player who understands the game and plays with toughness as well.

On the recruiting front, there was some talk early on that Burton might make an early commitment with USC being the school of choice. The Trojans were the childhood favorite and have offered along with Florida, Florida State, UCLA and Utah.

"Nah, I'm going to take my time with this," Burton said. "I'm going to do some summer camps and will for sure check out USC and UCLA. I really want to incorporate God in to my decision so I want to wait until my senior year, see what schools are recruiting me the hardest and then go from there.

"I'm honestly open to everyone right now, I have no leaders. I don't even have a top five right now, like I said, I'm keeping everything open until my senior year. Then I'll take all five of my official visits and from there, I'll figure out where the best spot for me is."

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