But he hadn’t seen the Bruins practice yet this spring, so he was in Westwood on Saturday to see UCLA in their first padded practice.
“The team is looking like they’re going to do real nice things on the field,” said Burton. “They know what they’re supposed to be doing. Not just the starters but the second team and third team too.”
Burton was offered by the Bruins as a freshman and the UCLA coaches continue to prioritize him.
“They’re recruiting me as an athlete,” said Burton. “I was talking to the DB coach, Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin), the receivers coach, Coach Yarbs (Eric Yarber) and Coach (Jim) Mora. They were pretty much telling me whatever could get me on the field fastest, that’s where they want me to play.”
Burton said that UCLA using players on both sides gave them a lot of credibility.
“That’s significant to me because they’re not just saying it and then have a different plan for you,” said Burton. “They use guys on both sides of the ball. They’re saying it and sticking to their word.”
Burton said that Martin had been primarily recruiting him, and still does, but that Yarber is also talking with him often.
“Coach Meat had been my main recruiter, but I talk to Coach Yarbs a lot also,” said Burton. “I have a real good relationship with both of them.”
Burton also said he’s fond of what he’s seen from Mora over the years.
“Coach Mora is real hands on and I’ve talked to him multiple times,” said Burton. “I talked to him after practice on Saturday and we had a good conversation.”
Burton comes from a school that USC has recruited at will the last few years, but Burton said he’s implored to coaches that he’s open minded.
“I talk to the coaches, I tell them how I feel about them, and they say if that’s how you feel, we’ll recruit you,” said Burton. “I’m not dragging it out, doing a big decision on television then announcing for USC. I truly am open to everyone.”
Burton said he’s hoping to narrow his list down in the coming weeks.
“Currently I’m doing that and I’m pretty close to having it finalized,” said Burton. “I’m trying to make it to seven.”
He plans to make all five visits come fall.
“I’m trying to think how I’ll space my five officials and then after, I’ll see who I’m going to visit,” said Burton. “The five I’ll visit will be in my top five. I’m not sure if I’ll visit USC or UCLA officially. That’s what I’m trying to figure out.”