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Notre Dame took Brandon Burton out of his comfort zone earlier this month when the four-star safety from Gardena, Calif., took his official visit to South Bend for the USC weekend. That approach may prove to be a very good thing for the future of the Irish secondary.
“It was different than anything I’ve seen,” Burton said. “It was a small city and everything was close-knit. I come from the second largest city in the country, so it was very different than what I’m used to.”
Notre Dame was Burton’s third consecutive official visit following Oklahoma and Florida State.
“The atmosphere at the game was my favorite part,” Burton said. “It was loud, beautiful and awesome. The fans really love their football there. I’ve been to Florida State and Oklahoma, and it was right up there with them.”
Notre Dame associate head coach Mike Denbrock visited Burton’s school last week.
“He tells me to come out here and do something different,” Burton said. “Notre Dame has the best education, and academics are very big for me, so that means a lot what Notre Dame has to offer. Coach Denbrock told me they are extremely thin at safety depth and I could make an impact early. It all makes sense. He says that I would fit in very well at Notre Dame.”
Burton will take an official visit to Ohio State on Nov. 21. His fifth official visit is still being determined with Alabama, Arizona, Stanford and UCLA vying to host him.
Burton grew up a USC fan, and the Trojans could jump back in the mix. The Serra program has been pipeline into USC for at least a decade.
“I have always liked UCLA and USC, but I grew up a USC fan,” Burton said. “I have been to UCLA a few times on unofficial visits. It’s possible I will consider USC again depending on the new staff.”
A decision is expected in December or January.
“I potentially may announce at the Under Armour All-America (game), but I know it will be before signing day,” Burton said. “I could decide after my last official visit to Ohio State, I’m just not sure yet.”