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
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
“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.”
USC visits Brandon Burton
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