Burfict Clears Things Up

The recruiting world was stirring last week when reports surfaced that Scout's top-rated middle linebacker, Vontaze Burfict, may be wavering in his commitment to USC. Burfict, who hadn't had any contact with the USC coaches in the last few weeks, spoke with USC assistant coach Ken Norton Jr. last night and the two cleared up some of the young recruit's concerns. Kevin Carden has more inside.

The recruiting world was stirring last week when reports surfaced that Scout's top-rated middle linebacker, Vontaze Burfict, may be wavering in his commitment to USC. Burfict, who hadn't had any contact with the USC coaches in the last few weeks, spoke with USC assistant coach Ken Norton Jr. last night and the two cleared up some of the young recruit's concerns.

"I talked with Ken Norton last night, and we talked about the recruiting process," said Burfict, who was previously being recruited by Coach Watson. "He said to keep my commitment and it will all pay off. We cleared that up."

One of Burfict's main concerns was the lack of communication between himself and the USC coaching staff in the last month.

"I guess Ken Norton went on vacation for a minute and we hadn't really been talking, but I guess I will be talking with Coach Norton now."

After last night's constructive conversation with Ken Norton Jr., Burfict feels more connected with the USC coaches and is still a solid commit.

"I am solid right now, but I am still keeping my options open. I plan on going to Arizona State, UCLA and Miami."

At the Edison Passing Tournament on Saturday, Burfict proudly wore a USC shirt and talked about how excited he was to be a part of the Trojans' star-studded recruiting class.

"It's an accomplishment. I have always liked USC and I always wanted to go there, especially as a linebacker watching Keith Rivers and all those guys play," said Burfict, who is the top-rated linebacker by Scout.com. "Now I am going to be there, too."

With the high school football season right around the corner, the hard-hitting linebacker has a very simple goal for his senior season at Corona Centennial.

"Just knock a couple of heads off, that's it," Burfict said with a big laugh.

"I think we can do pretty good. I think we might get the ring again this year and might even have a chance to go to state. I think we are a little bit better than last year."

Stay tuned to SCPlaybook.com for regular updates on Vontaze Burfict throughout the recruiting process.


Vontaze Burfict is the top-rated middle linebacker by Scout.com

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