Burse talks Vanderbilt offer and more

The Commodore coaches decided to get in the mix with one of the top junior wide receiver prospects in the Peach State. Carlos Burse, of Alpharetta High School, has been turning heads since his freshman season and already up to six offers as he continues to impress.

"Last week I was offered by Vanderbilt," said Carlos Burse. "It was the first time I had ever heard from them, so it was a shocker to find out they're interested in me. They phoned my coach and told him I had the offer. I really don't know much about the program, but I'm going to have to look into it and find out more."

Burse, 6-foot-3, 210-pounds, has been offered by SEC-East rivals Florida and Tennessee, as well as North Carolina State (as a freshman), UCF, and Virginia Tech.

"This summer I was offered by UF," Burse said. "I like the fact they expressed interest in me. I know a lot about Gator Country. Everybody's big on the Gators down there. It's a great college environment."

Burse loves the SEC. He's already gone to the Alabama-Arkansas game in Tuscaloosa and plans on a return visit. He's also interested in hearing from the big in-state school, UGA.

"I want to play in the SEC," Burse said. "There's no other conference in the country that offers greater competition. After I went to the Arkansas game, I became very interested in Alabama. I'd love to talk to them. I'm probably going to make another trip this weekend [to Tuscaloosa] for the Vanderbilt game.

"UGA has made a little noise, but hasn't offered me. Michael Bennett's a good friend of mine and he's playing there. I'm hoping to hear more from them."

Bennett was a senior receiver at Alpharetta when Burse was a starting freshman. Now Burse has become the go-to guy in the Raider offense. He had seven receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown in a 43-14 triple overtime win against Duluth. In the Marietta game he scored two 4th quarter touchdowns (32, 14) in a 33-20 win. He had three receptions for 99 yards and touchdown in the Northview win. Last week, he had two touchdown receptions of 14 and seven yards in the win against West Forsyth.

"Not to sound boastful, but I've only had one bad game out of six this year," said Burse. "I've improved my speed and my route running. I've done a lot better in taking on a leadership role on the team. I've kept my composure and helped us pull out some close wins. The great coaches surrounding me have helped to get me mentally tough and be able to get things done in the clutch."

Alpharetta is off to a 5-1 start in Georgia Region 6- AAAAA. A year ago they went 5-5 losing to Brookwood by 31 in the first round of the playoffs.

"I just want the team to get better," said Burse. "Last year it was disappointing losing to Brookwood. I want us to get past the first round and hopefully contend for a championship. Our goal is to make it to the Dome. Personally, I want to get noticed and build up my offers. I want to be an All-State player."

Burse said he probably won't make a college decision until sometime during his senior year at Alpharetta. He wants to wait to see how many offers he receives and go from there.

"I'm not too concerned with going to play in an offense that doesn't pass as much," said Burse, "because when I get there I hope to change that by becoming a huge pass threat. Hopefully when I'm there it will be close to 50/50 pass and run.

"I do love to block, but I want to catch passes from a great quarterback. I'd understand if I didn't get in that much as a freshman as long as I got a little time. I don't want to spend a long time on the bench. I want to play early like I did in high school and gain experience."

Burse's quarterback at Alpharetta, Joshua Dobbs, is also receiving some recruiting attention. They are in action Friday, October 7th, against their biggest rival, Milton. Burse wears No. 81 for the Raiders. He was named 1st team All-Region as a sophomore by Georgia High School Football Daily.

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