3-star solid to WSU, will visit for Apple Cup

WHEN WSU VERBAL commit Deontay Burnett took an official visit to Utah earlier this season, some Cougar fans in cyberspace were concerned a possible flip could be coming. Not to worry, the speedy WR told Cougfan.com. He’s solid to the Cougs and will be out on the Palouse later this month.

When Washington State hosts Washington in the 2014 Apple Cup on Nov. 29, it could be the biggest official visit weekend of the season. Prospects Kyahva Tezino, Mufi Hunt, Tony Brown, Viliamu Auwae, Pesi Savea and WSU verbals Thomas Toki and James Williams are all planning to be in Pullman.

And you can now add the name of Deontay Burnett (pictured above) to the ledger. Burnett, out of Gardena, Calif. and who chose the Cougs over offer from Utah, Miami and Colorado State, is ranked three stars and the No. 102 WR prospect in the country by Scout.com.

“I’ll be taking my visit up there on (Friday) Nov. 28,” Burnett told Cougfan.com. “I’m very excited for that trip. I was going to try and get up there for the USC game, but it didn’t work out.

“I spoke with the coaches, though and they said this weekend is the best to go because it’s always a great game with Washington. The fans are out in full force and really show their spirit.”

BURNETT TOOK AN official visit to Utah last month and said that members of the Ute staff continue to actively recruit him.

“I’d say Washington State and Utah are recruiting me the hardest right now,” Burnett said. “I took that visit to Utah and it went well, but I don’t know. I think I just took that visit because I wanted to experience a little but of the recruiting life. It was a nice visit, but it didn’t affect me really. I’m going to Washington State.”

With WSU, the future inside receiver said he’s been in most contact with two WSU coaches - future position coach Dennis Simmons and area recruiter Ken Wilson. Those two, he emphasized, have done a great job of recruiting him.

“I just like how they’ve stayed on me,” Burnett said. “I really like those coaches and the staff. We talk a lot and basically they’ve just been telling me how much I fit into the offense and how I’ll be able to catch the ball a lot.

“I’m going to be play the ‘Z’ spot at WSU and they’re able to make a lot of plays. I like how much they throw the ball too. That’s big for me.”

The Junipero Serra High standout said he didn’t have the chance to catch the Cougs’ victory over Oregon State over the weekend, but that he was happy they got the win. With the W, the Cougs' record is now 3-7, which Burnett said isn’t a big deal.

“That doesn’t really matter to me,” he said. “They’re a school on the rise and what’s important to me is how comfortable I am with the coaches and that I can see myself succeeding in their offense.”


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