Shrine Bowl: LB Shaquan Burney

The Boiling Springs Bulldogs got off to a slow start but they turned things around in a hurry and have won all of their Region 2-AAAA games so far. One big reason for the turnaround is the play of Shrine Bowl selection Shaquan Burney. The talented linebacker talked about his season and thoughts heading into the prestigious all-star game between the best from the Carolinas with

Shaquan Burney Profile

The Boiling Springs Bulldogs started the season 0-2 but quickly regrouped and have been winners of 8 straight games. Coach Bruce Clark's team has been clicking at the right time as their next game with Byrnes will determine the Region 2-AAAA champions. With a strong group of seniors the Bulldogs should have a deep run in the playoffs. One of those seniors, linebacker Shaquan Burney, has had a tremendous season. His efforts haven't gone unnoticed as he was named to this year's South Carolina Shrine Bowl team. talked with Burney about making the all-star team and the latest regarding his recruitment.

Burney talked about the Bulldogs' turnaround which included a monumental win over traditional powerhouse Dorman.

"Our offense started scoring and defense starting getting stops and that's all it takes to win. So we just feed off each other and now we are looking pretty good."

Like most South Carolina kids coming up Shaquan dreamed of one day making the Shrine Bowl team. So what was Burney's reaction when he made that dream a reality?

"Honestly I wasn't expecting to make it so i was more shocked than excited because I didnt even go to the combine. Yeah it's something every kid dreams of, because if you are selected out of all the schools in South Carolina you must have talent."

The 2012 prospect already has aspirations as to what he'd like to accomplish during the week of Shrine Bowl practice leading up the game.

"Just go in there and practice hard and even try to turn my intensity up even more to try an earn a starting spot in the Shrine Bowl."

In doing so he's hoping to attract some more schools to step up with scholarship offers. Burney received his only offer from Shaw University (NC). He says a pair of in-state schools have been showing him the most love lately.

"I've been hearing from Furman and South Carolina State the most lately. I'm not sure if anybody is close to offering me but Furman seems to be really interested in me."

The last time we spoke to Burney he said that Dorman lineman Patrick Destefano was the toughest player he faced last season. Well that statement hasn't changed as he talked about playing against the Clemson commitment again this year in the aforementioned victory.

"My best game was against Dorman, I had 12 tackles, a receiving touchdown, and an interception to seal the win. It was memorable to me because since I've been on varsity we have never beaten them and the last time we beat them was a long time ago. So it was great win on their field."

"Patrick DeStefano is still the toughest guy I've faced because he's a big guy but he is also quick along with that size."

Burney told us previously that location will play a pretty significant role in his decision making process for college but is that still the case now?

"Yes, I want my family to be able to come watch me play every Saturday without making too long of a drive."

Stay tuned to as we'll have more updates with Shaquan Burney and we'll continue our Shrine Bowl series with other South Carolina team members leading up to the game on December 17th.

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