College football fans love signing day surprises, if they go their way. Wednesday, Gardena (Calif.) Serra three-star wide out Deontay Burrnett was a pleasant addition to the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation.
While the 5-foot-11 170-pound recover had been on USC’s radar for
months, it appeared that an opportunity for a scholarship offer had
come and gone. Burnett first committed to Washington State. Then, out
of no where, Michigan go into the race for his commitment with a
scholarship offer last week.
Burnett turned his back on both of those scholarship offer to take an
advance scholarship offer from USC, which will count toward the 2016
“It really came down to Tee Martin,” said Burnett. “I’ve known him
since my junior year, and he’s been pleading his case to get me an
offer from SC for a long time.
“I thank him for that, and he’s a big reason I decided to commit today.
And I thank God for giving me the opportunity to play at the university
of Southern California.
“It’s close to home so I can play in front of my family, and it’s
always big to get a USC degree. It’s always been my dream to play at SC
and God made my dream come true. I’m really happy and just amazed what
God can do right now.”
Wednesday announcements of teammates John Houston and Rasheem Green
came as less of a surprise for Trojan fans. In fact, even his own
teammates didn’t know Burnett would join them at USC.
“It’s crazy because I didn’t know he was committing until today - like
a little while ago,” laughed Houston. “It’s great though because he
loves USC. He was waiting on that offer for the longest.”
Last season, Burnett caught 27 passes for 545-yards and seven
touchdowns. As an advance scholarship recipient, he signed an Athletic
Director Agreement rather than a standard letter of intent. He will
join USC during fall camp in August where he will play under a full
“Yeah, I understood the process and the coaches explained it all to my
parents,” said Burnett. “I can’t be mad about it. I get a full ride
scholarship to the school I really wanted to go to. I’m blessed.”
For USC fans not familiar with Burnett’s exploits or his fit in the
2015 class, he described himself accordingly.
“I’m a vertical receiver that gets open in space,” said Burnett. “I’m a
get it and go type player. I still have to get bigger and stronger, but
I feel like with my speed, I can stretch the field.”
Scout National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins sees Burnett as a great
addition to top off a 26 man nation championship recruiting class for
“Burnett emerged over the spring and summer as one of the top receivers
out West,” said Biggins. “He has excellent quickness getting in and out
of his breaks, has down field speed and can be a deep threat at the
next level. He's also a natural pass catcher, very smooth in his route
running and plays with surprising polish despite no being a full time
starter until his senior year. He'll need to add size/strength, but the
natural ability is all there.”
Deontay Burnett adds to No. 1 class
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