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USF in Chase for 2018 Clearwater Central Catholic 4 Star Amari Burney

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2018 Safety Amari Bruney (Clearwater Central Catholic) (1020x567) The scholarship offers continue to roll in for Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic 2018 wide receiver Amari Burney and, as of Tuesday’s offer from North Carolina State, his list is now 11 schools long.

The 247Composite 94 overall four-star holds offers from Auburn, Michigan, Florida, Miami, Louisville, Kentucky, Pitt, South Florida, Central Florida and Wisconsin. Out of the schools that have offered, a few of them are standing out early to the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder.

“Florida is one. That’s the one I know about now,” Burney told Today’s U. “They are close to home and I’ve been visiting a lot. Coach (Doug) Nussmeier visited with me during the spring game and we’ve been talking a lot, so Florida is one.
“Then I’m going to say USF. They are pretty close to home and when I went to the camp, the coaches knew who I was and were talking to me, and Michigan.”

Before all is said and done, it’s highly likely his offer list will double or even triple in length as schools go through more rounds of evaluations.

“I haven’t been talking to them, but Clemson has been sending me mail and stuff, but that’s about it,” he said.

Next week, the four-star plans to hit the road to check out three schools and hopes to come away with some new offers.

“Alabama, I’m going to Alabama, then Florida State, then Florida for Friday Night Lights,” Burney said. “Alabama is this Sunday, Florida State I think is Tuesday, then Florida is Friday. I’m hoping to pick up an FSU offer at the camp.”

As a sophomore, Burney finished the year with 20 receptions for 404 yards and seven touchdowns on offense and logged 91 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries on defense.

“Schools like my size and my speed,” he explained. “I’m a big kid and I can run really fast, and they like my athleticism. They haven’t been talking about how I’ll be fitting into their program because I’m just going into my junior year, but I expect them to this year coming up.”

With impressive season performances on both sides of the ball, coaches can see the four-star playing either way in college as a wide receiver or a safety.

“Every school is looking at me for offense except Michigan and USF,” Burney said. “Florida said I can play either side.”

After his junior season, he plans to dive into the recruiting process even more to explore his options and he already knows what some of the key factors are going to be in comparing one school to the next.

“Distance is not a factor,” Burney said. “The academics first and then football. Distance is not a factor in the recruiting process. Playing time is one, academic program is another. Playing style is not really a factor because I can fit into anything.”

Burney plans to run track again this year after sitting out his sophomore year to work on football skills with his personal trainer. As a freshman, he had personal best times of 11.5 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 23.5 seconds in the 200-meter dash, he said.

Right now Burney does not have a timetable in place for his decision.

“Just whenever the time is right, I will commit to a school.” Continue Reading by Clicking Here

by Landon Wright, Today’s U Sports

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