USC still recruiting Cougar commit

Serra wide out Deontay Burnett has 21 receptions for 415 yards and four touchdowns this season. Burnett is averaging 20 yards a catch in an offense that rotates its receivers almost every series.

Gardena (Calf.) Serra wide receiver Deontay Burnett comes from a long line of playmakers in the Cavaliers offense.

Like Robert Woods, Marqise Lee, Paul Richardson and George Farmer before him, Burnett does most of his damage with the ball in the air.

Burnett, who committed to Washington State in July, made his pledge to the Cougars because of their high powered Air Raid offense.

“What excites me about Washington State is knowing I’m a receiver and they pass the ball a lot,” said Burnett. “That is very attractive when you’re recruiting someone.”

Burnett says he is still “feeling good” about his decision to commit to Washington State and looks forward to his first time in Pullman for the Apple Cup.

“I want to meet the coaches when I got up their Nov. 28,” said Burnett of his first trip to Washington State’s campus. “I want to get around campus, see the education system. I want to see how they do their pre-game routines and all that, so this will be big.”

Big not only because Burnett wants to see what Washington State in person, but big because the Cougars could be battling to keep his committed come January.

“I’ve been getting hand written letters from USC Coach Tee Martin just recently,” said Burnett. “He’s been calling my phone and also contacting me on Twitter so they’re staying in contact.

“Coach Martin says they’re still recruiting me and to not stop thinking that they’re recruiting me. He wrote that they’re thinking about me a lot and to be patient.”

USC currently has four wide receiver commits in the 2015 class. Staying patient would also require Burnett to swallow his pride.

“I feel like I’m a backup plan,” said Burnett. “I know that I’m not a top receiver, so they’re just waiting to see what other receivers do and then I guess they’ll pull the trigger.

“It’s pretty frustrating in a way, but I don’t know. I’ll have to think about it.”

Burnett admits that USC is a school he likes regardless of the absence of a scholarship offer.

“Well, the coaches love me,” said Burnett. “I feel they want me there. I like the pro style of offense they run. I like the offense they’re running this year.

“It’s pretty different from what they’ve been running for several years. They’re getting the ball out to receivers, they’re making plays, so that’s pretty attractive too.”

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