Before he event entered high school, Brandon Burton already had a lofty reputation. We saw him playing in QB guru Steve Clarkson's TFL (Throwback Football League) as an 8th grader and it was pretty clear what a talented athlete he already was.
Scholarship offers started to come in for Burton when he was just a freshman with Utah and Florida State being the first two schools to offer him. He had to patiently wait his turn at Serra, playing behind some elite Div I talent at safety and receiver but looks like he's ready to explode this year.
"I wasn't happy with my junior season," Burton said. "I know I could have done more on both sides of the ball. I didn't make as many plays as I know I could have but I'm working hard and I'm focused on having a great spring and summer and seeing that carry over to my senior season."
There wasn't a better player at Monday's B2G Elite 7v7 than Burton as he was the only player in the tournament who we listed as a top performer on offense and defense. At receiver, he's very polished with great hands and body control and a knack for knowing how to get open.
At safety, he's a very instinctual player with a great feel for the position. He plays with a high football IQ and was all over the field on Monday. We've always heard Burton prefers offense but he told us at the tournament he really doesn't have a preference.
"I like both, I've been playing both my whole life," Burton said. "I like receiver because it's fun to have the football in your hands with a chance to do something with it but safety is fun too and you can impact the game every play. Where I'm being recruited won't play a role in my decision, I'll go wherever I feel I fin in best and can have the biggest impact."
On the recruiting front, Burton has heard plenty of rumors that just because he goes to Serra, he's an automatic lock for USC.
"That's just not true at all," Burton said. "I like USC but I'm not a lock to go anywhere. We've had a ton of players go to USC so I understand why people would say that but it's different for me. I liked USC growing up but that doesn't mean it will be the best spot for me now. For me, I have to pick the best school for me and that may or may not be USC, I need to play out the process and see how I feel.
"The thing with USC is they recruit our school harder than anyone. So our guys don't just go there because Marqise (Lee) or Adoree (Jackson) went there, the coaches are always on campus as much as they can and show us a ton of love. I'm sure some players pick a school because it was their childhood favorite but I'm looking at this as a business decision and who I liked growing up won't play any role at all."
Burton said there are a few other schools he's strongly considering right now.
"I'm going to visit Florida State for the Spring Game and I have high interest in them," Burton said. "My boy Malik Henry is going there and we've very close. I'm also very interested in Stanford and visited there for Junior Day. It's a very different place, a lot different than L.A but I liked it there a lot and the academics are second to none."I like UCLA too and I've been talking with Demetrice Martin a lot. He actually just DMed me on twitter this morning and I called him up to talk. He said he likes me a lot at safety and plan to recruit me hard all year so hopefully that happens. UCLA hasn't recruited our school very hard the past couple of years but I know for me, I'm very interested and plan to give them a hard look for sure.
"I don't have a timeframe for when I'll make my commitment. It could be in the summer, could be during the season or after my season. Whenever I feel I'm ready, that's when I'll go ahead and commit but I'm not there now. "