The physical side is still trying to catch up with a skill set that just continues to impress as he continuosly works on his craft on the weekends with wide receiver trainer Mal Lawyer (former Clemson WR). The thing is Burnette has 2 more seasons ahead of him and both aspects of his game will likely continue to improve during that time. That thought should lead to plenty of schools jumping in for the talented prospect from Summerville High.
Don't go throwing around A.J. Green comparisons just yet because he hails from the same high school as the former Georgia and current NFL star. They are very different players with Green being a physical anomaly who had to work on his technical aspect to get where he is today. Burnette on the other hand may be the opposite who's skills and route running are way ahead of the curve right now as his body continues to grow currently standing 6'2 188 pounds. Just think of what kind of player he can be in a couple more years is exactly what runs through our mind and also the minds of college coaches.
"Last year I had 27 catches for 534 yards and 3 touchdowns."
That near 20 yards per catch already has quite a few schools talking to the talented Summerville prospect early on.
The Big Ten program apparently has taken a strong liking to the wideout from Summerville.
"They have said that they really want to get me on campus. Coach Smith came down to visit about 2 weeks ago and coach Gettis, the receivers coach, is supposed to be coming down for the end of spring practice. I actually talked with coach Franklin last week and he said he can't wait for me to come up so they can show me their facilities and campus."
Still early in the recruiting process Burnette has just seen one school this season but that will change this summer he says.
"I went up to watch a game at South Carolina this past season and I plan on attending Clemson, South Carolina, Penn State, Duke, and North Carolina this summer."
The 6'2 188 pound prospect gave us his thoughts on what his current strengths and areas for improvement are.
"I feel like my ability to catch the football and route running are my strengths right now. I also feel like I'm a much smarter receiver now, I understand how important the details are more now that I did my first two seasons."
"I definitely want to improve my speed and explosiveness. I also want to become more physical. I've been hitting the weight room hard and I think it's going to make a big difference."
Having watched Burnette's film and seeing him work against some of the state's top defensive backs at the EPT Football Skills Showcase last month we made our observations and came away impressed. So we asked him to compare his game to one particular player and tell us why he feels their games are similar?
"I would say Anquan Boldin. He runs really good routes and has great hands. He's not running a 4.3, but he is always open and always makes the big catch when his team needs it."
An excellent comparison in our opinion but we took it back another decade or two with our own player comparison with Burnette, Hall of Famer Cris Carter. Carter was never one known as a burner but his routes, headiness, excellent hands, and details were always on point. It frustrated opponents for years en route to the Hall of Fame and you could see opponents frustrated by Burnette when he plays in a very similar manner. The word "smooth" really comes to mind when watching Burnette in action and its a metaphor I'd definitely use with Carter.
The 2017 prospect shared with us some of the other schools he's wanting to see step up their recruitment of him in the near future.
"I would like to hear more from Clemson and Georgia. Stanford has called to get my transcripts and sent me some mail so I would like to hear from the coaches there. It would be nice to see what the west coast has to offer."
With a storied program such as Summerville under the guidance of football legend coach John McKissick we asked Burnette what his goals are for his team and himself during his junior season next year?
"Our goal at Summerville is always to get the ring! There's a lot of tradition here and we want to be the team that gets us back on top. We were 50 seconds away from state my freshman year, and last year didn't go the way we wanted it to. There's nothing I would love more than to bring our coaches and school another state championship. I don't really ahve any set numbers I want next year. I think if I have over 1,000 yards receiving and double-digit touchdowns it will be a good season for me personally."
One reason why Burnette's game has become so efficient and smooth could be his work with wide receiver trainer Mal Lawyer who played at Clemson. Burnette talked about his work with Lawyer and how it has helped his skills.
"Coach Mal has helped a lot with the details that we don't really pay attention to as receivers. We have one on ones there and even when I beat a defensive back he pulls me to the side and tells me that at the next level what I'm going to have to do at the top of the route. So he never lets us get comfortable, he's quick to remind me I still have work to do."
We're projecting Burnette as one of the state's top prospects in 2017 regardless of position and we'll continue to track his recruitment so keep it right here with SCPrepNation.com!
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...CAM BURNETTE
Bench press: 275 pounds
Squat: 355 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.63 seconds
Broad jump: 9'4"
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