USC visits Brandon Burton

Serra High School four-star safety and wide out Brandon Burton has been on USC's recruiting radar since before Steve Sarkisian was hired as the Trojans head coach.

When it comes to recruiting, Gardena (Calif.) Serra four-star athlete Brandon Burton has been there and done that.

Burton, rated the No. 8 athlete by Scout nationally, has been receiving scholarship offers since the end of his freshman year at Serra. Thus, the May Evaluation Period is also old hat to Burton.

“The evaluation period has actually been pretty chill,” said Burton. “Not a lot of coaches have been by yet because we haven’t started practicing. I know more college are set to start coming in over the next few weeks.

“Tee Martin and Coach (Keith) Heyward came down to the school for USC already though. I think they just came down to check in and see how I’m doing. I talk to them pretty often just on Twitter and stuff. They always let me know what they have going on and all of the people they have there.”

Burton has unofficially visited USC numerous times, and at this point, says he has no questions about the school or football program.

“I’ve been talking with them for so long, I think I’ve seen the school all I need to,” said Burton. “It’s a place where you can build good connections and different types of people while you’re in school. That’s probably what I like about USC the most.”

Burton, at 6-feet-1, 180-pounds, is being recruited as an athlete by USC and most other schools. Playing safety and wide receiver, he hopes to improve upon an underwhelming junior performance last season for Serra.

“I’m putting in a lot more work this off season than I have in the past,” said Burton. “I’m doing a lot of stuff just mentally to get better. I’m also working in the weight room more to make sure I’m stronger. I feel like I was getting injured too much, so I’m working to be more durable this year.”

Although Burton can give the impression that he is worn out by recruiting, he has no plans to make an early commitment to a college.

“I’m going to take my visits and evaluate the situation that I’m in,” said Burton. “I’ve thought about committing and then still taking trips, but more than likely I’m going to wait until my season is done to take those visits.”

USC and Florida State are two schools that have come up in conversation with Burton in the past, but at this point, he says he has no official visits penciled in.

“More than likely I’ll get out to see Florida State,” said Burton. “I’m trying to get out for that game they play against Miami. But I don’t have any schools set for trips yet.” Top Stories