Lawrenceville (GA) Central Gwinnett cornerback Donte Burton is back on the market. In a way, he’s enjoying it.
Burton originally committed to North Carolina last July. Since that time the Tar Heels’ defensive backs coach – who recruited Burton – and the defensive coordinator have left the program. That’s part of the reason why Burton has reopened his commitment, making sure he’s making the right decision after committing “too soon,” according to him.
“I just want to make sure that I’m making the right decision,” Burton told Scout.com. “I’m still considering North Carolina.”
Burton is more than considering the Tar Heels (his dad told Scout that the Tar Heels are still his top school), but reopening his recruitment has brought in new scholarship offers. One came from Wisconsin running back coach John Settle, who reached out to him in the last month after Burton backed away from UNC.
“He came out to spring practice and he saw what I could do,” Burton said. “He was impressed. He said I could help their team. I would say I am a lockdown corner in man-to-man, a press corner.”
Even though the offer from the Badgers is fresh to him, Burton said Wisconsin is a school that is on his radar.
“It’s a great school with a lot of prestige,” Burton said. “Coming from the Big Ten, that’s a big football conference with great fan bases. I feel like it’s an honor for them to reach out to me and say I’m good enough to play in a program like that.”
Since reopening his recruitment, Burton said he’s heard from a lot of schools, including those that offered him prior to his commitment last summer. Some of his other offers are Louisville, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
Hoping to visit as many places as possible this summer, Burton wants to make a final decision no later than October.
“I am looking for a great coaching staff, a school with early playing opportunities and great education,” Burton said.