Georgia Tech vs. Florida Gators for OL recruit?

Will it be Florida or Georgia Tech for OL Freddie Burden?

Neither school has offered a football scholarship to the 6-foot-3, 290-pounder from Statesboro High School.

But both might within the next few days.

Burden said he talked with Florida coach Will Muschamp on Monday night, and set up an official visit with the Gators for Jan. 20. He has a recruiting trip to Georgia Tech this weekend.

What will Freddie Burden do if both Florida and Georgia Tech offer?

“It really depends on Georgia Tech,” Burden told the AJC. “I’m planning on going to Florida next weekend, but if Georgia Tech offers me this weekend, then I’m not going to take that visit. I’m going to commit to Georgia Tech on the spot.”

OL Freddie Burden (Special)

OL Freddie Burden (Special)

Why does Burden have such strong feelings about Georgia Tech? His best friend since he was four years old, Statesboro WR Micheal Summers, committed to the Yellow Jackets last summer. Burden attended Georgia Tech’s camp last summer and has maintained a friendship with coach Paul Johnson.

“Since the beginning of the recruiting process, we’ve always wanted to go to the same school – and we’ve both always liked Georgia Tech,” Burden said. “Mike was offered by Tech and accepted. I’ve been trying to get an offer from Georgia Tech ever since. We’ve pretty much been on the same football team since we were little and it would be great to continue that.

“I hope Georgia Tech offers, I really do. I really love the school, even if I never played a down of football. It’s a great place to get an education.”

Burden is the son of Willie Burden, who played RB at NC State and in the Canadian Football League. The younger Burden has a 3.1 GPA and plans to study Business Management. He has around 10 offers, including Middle Tennessee State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State and South Alabama. Georgia Tech is recruiting Burden to play offensive guard or center.

“Every year, Paul Johnson seems like he falls in love with one kid who is kind off the radar and recruits him personally, and it looks like Freddie may be the one this year,” said Kelly Quinlan, publisher of JacketsOnline.com. “He’s very athletic and tested really well at camp.”

The Florida Gators may also be falling in love with Burden, who was surprised to hear from Florida assistant Brian White and Muschamp on Monday. “I think they had an OL de-commit and they wanted me to come up there for a visit on Jan. 20. I did well at their camp last summer, but really hadn’t heard much from them until last night.”

What did Muschamp say? “He thinks I can be a good player at Florida. He said ‘You will have the opportunity to play for the Gators if you come down and visit.’ He didn’t say really say anything specifically about an offer. But he did keep saying that I ‘will have to make a decision when I come down there.’

“I definitely like Florida. They are in the SEC and I would love playing for the Gators … but Georgia Tech is still my No. 1 school.”

RELATED: Another late-bloomer from Georgia is ML King safety Jordan Moore, who was recently offered by Auburn and will be visiting the Tigers this weekend. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder lost touch with college scouts after transferring from Locust Grove to ML King before his senior season. He’s one of the state’s fastest prospects, winning the state championship in the 110-meter hurdles last spring. ESPN recently bumped Moore up to the No. 18-rated overall prospect in Georgia. Moore, who also has later offers from Ohio State and North Carolina, is one of the best defenders we’ve seen on film this year and you can see his video here.

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106 comments Add your comment

Draggin' Fly

January 11th, 2012
12:35 am

Muschamp trying to get in the running with Middle Tennessee State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State,South Alabama, and Tech. This should be interesting…..

fan

January 11th, 2012
12:39 am

GT65

January 11th, 2012
12:44 am

Freddie I hope to see you playing for the Jackets.Good Luck.

5150 UOAD

January 11th, 2012
12:44 am

Big boy good GPA. If CPJ has seen what he can do and want the kid I say go for it. We need to get Better recruits that want to really play hard and graduate.

BallCoach

January 11th, 2012
12:58 am

I am not a Tech fan,but I am a Freddie Burden fan. GREAT,great,great kid! Whatever school gets him will get a gem. Good student and fine football player. I think schools waited on him because his brother plays at Georgia Southern and his parents teach there.

ignition

January 11th, 2012
1:44 am

Can he play NT ???

Baloneyismyfirstname!

January 11th, 2012
2:12 am

Good for the kid….

230gr Full Metal Jacket

January 11th, 2012
2:37 am

I’ve seen him play before. Even though it is high school level, he is a man among boys in the trenches. GO GET HIM CPJ!!! THIS IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF LINEMAN WE DESPERATELY NEED!!!!!!!!

230gr Full Metal Jacket

January 11th, 2012
2:39 am

And he’ll EASILY be 310+ after 1 year of training and conditioning!!!! We NEED some size (with speed, which this kid has) on the offensive line if Vad is to prosper!!!

footballfan365

January 11th, 2012
5:23 am

These comments are going to be very interesting. Im willing to bet that this article will have tech fans pounding their chest claiming they out recruited uf. Look out tech if you land this kid your recruiting ranking will go from 50th to 49 1/2.

Paddy

January 11th, 2012
6:23 am

If Freddie can play at the Div 1 football, Tech needs to offer. Any kid that loves a school that much would be a great asset. My Dawgs need to sign kids with this kind of passion!

Tampa Gator

January 11th, 2012
6:49 am

Draggon fly……

Florida could use a body now that Salt decided to stay close to his mormon home in Utah. I believe Muschamp sees potential in the kid or he would not have asked him to come down for the coaches to check him out more. But I am sure Tech will offer him now.

JB

January 11th, 2012
7:40 am

” publicly begging for the offer”……….. I don’t know…Good luck to the young man.

JB

January 11th, 2012
7:42 am

Also say’s a lot about Florida’s need for bodies on their OL.

GT Alum

January 11th, 2012
7:50 am

Seems like a perfect NT to me. We need someone big with low center of gravity who can cause mayhem for offensive lines with our 3-4 scheme…

Beast from the East

January 11th, 2012
7:59 am

JB,
Did you see that Muschamp has hired BSU’s OC, Breant Pease? I think it’s a great hire and the 2 5 star WR’s UF is still after think so, too!
http://recruiting.blogs.gatorsports.com/12091/diggs-taylor-pleased-with-pease/

JB

January 11th, 2012
8:18 am

Beast, I think all Muschamp needs is time. I hope he gets it. Florida can attract high profile coach’s and we all know the athletes are there. It does take time to make it all mesh and work. I applaud him for going after someone he thinks will move the ball……While we sit and watch Richt and Bobo trying to pound a 160 pound RB between the tackles against LSU to start the second half on the first two possessions, thus automatic 3 and outs giving them the ball in great field position and the momentum….. If Richt ran the offense like we were 3 scores behind ALL the time, we would be tough to beat. Why we go in the fetal position all the time in the game is beyond all of us.

Just Saying

January 11th, 2012
8:21 am

Fish Fry prefers lesser regarded OL, guys who are shorter and off the radar, guys who know they have no NFL future. These are usually fine young men, guys who will give it their all. They also are more adept at adapting to the illegal blocking techniques required by the Fish Fry offense. The type of blocks which injured DeAngelo Tyson such that he was unable to plsy against LSU and in the Bowl game. The type blocking which should be cause for ejection from a game.

Johnny Cochran

January 11th, 2012
8:24 am

I hope he goes to UGA so I can represent him in court after hanging out with the boys.

Gorilla Biscuit

January 11th, 2012
8:25 am

“Middle Tennessee State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State and South Alabama”

Coach Fishfry is having to fish deep. What’s up with Florida?

A diamond in the rough or just a big kid who’s a project?

Johnny Cochran

January 11th, 2012
8:25 am

Just Saying, I guess you never watched Ben “Chop Block” Jones. Typical leg humper.

GT

January 11th, 2012
8:29 am

Offer him paul. Nice kid

RedandBlackDawg

January 11th, 2012
8:39 am

Paddy,

I think the young DE that UGA got a verbal from, has and expressed that same type of energy for UGA.

If this young man can play in Div. I football and has been flying under the radar, what is CPJ waiting for? If he goes to Florida and gets an offer there, and still doesn’t have one from GT, he may be lost. His size alone, tells me he has good potential. I can’t understand why CPJ is not on this kid, like white on rice. Maybe he is waiting for a different type of Offensive lineman. Say the lighter 285 pound version.

RxDawg

January 11th, 2012
8:42 am

Perhaps Muschamp knows he’s not getting another OL out there. Avery Young maybe? One can only hope :)

Beast from the East

January 11th, 2012
8:46 am

RxDawg,
It’s to try and replace a decommitt from a JUCO lineman that decided to go to Utah and stay close to home. There aren’t too many 5 starts left out there. Need some depth on the line of scrimmage.

NOVAJacket

January 11th, 2012
8:48 am

We are are tight on schollies. Will have better idea of number from attrition after this week’s player meetings. Suspect we will take only one more OL in this class.

Muffin

January 11th, 2012
8:50 am

YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST………………..

Burden is a done deal for GT. Announcement in next day or two..

As I have tried to tell the pound-less pups, CPJ is assembling a dynamic team that will not only dominated the ACC but turn that sacred November match that is about to turn our way -FOR A LONG, LONG TIME !!

Hide and watch.

2012.

The Swarm.

Yes , you have been warned.

zgoldatl

January 11th, 2012
8:57 am

these are the types of young men that GA Tech needs, people who want to play here….Sign this kid already

GatorNation19

January 11th, 2012
8:57 am

LOL at UGA fans talking about UF OL recruiting…when CMR has taken commits from Unrated Chester Brown and the Pyke kid from Maryland while Muschamp has 3 OL in the Top 150 in the Nation and we’ll get Avery Young. FYI Young’s coming back for another visit during the Big weekend 1/20. We need a center/guard in this class because we lost a OL to Medical DQ and our two backups are Sr. It will either be Burden or Kyron Samuels(nephew of Bama great Chris Samuels).

Tech dropout

January 11th, 2012
9:05 am

It is a double sword situation. If Tech offers ppl like sexy wrexxy will be on here criticizing CPJ because the kid’s other offers are Tennessee State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State and South Alabama. But if UF offers and GT doesn’t people will criticize CPJ even more. So I say offer the kid if CPJ needs OL. Any other OL’s banging on the GA Tech door wanting in?

Willie Coyote

January 11th, 2012
9:11 am

6′3″, 290lbs for a team that is drastically undersized in GT. Why hasn’t GT offered yet? ?Come on Paul, his size alone is an asset.

RedandBlackDawg

January 11th, 2012
9:14 am

Muffin,

Every team is trying to produce a dynamic, exciting and championship team each year. How many dynamic, championship 5 star players has CPJ recruited this year? Don’t worry about the UGA fans asking the questions about your team. You have enough on the AJC blogs that are supposedly Tech. fans asking the same questions. It is obvious that a OL averaging 285 pounds per man, is not going to hold out against 350 pound defensive linemen, so when you see a kid with the size of this one, that really loves tech. and you can see that your offense line needs help, it is just natural to question, what the hold up is.

Taco Meat

January 11th, 2012
9:23 am

Has Georgia offered Jordan Moore? With Rambo and S. Williams’ status up in the air, I certainly hope we have!

OL Blues Dawg

January 11th, 2012
9:28 am

Coyote, Don’t put too much value on size alone , look at UGA line this year. Huge ,not very good

Stumpknocker

January 11th, 2012
9:31 am

If the blocking scheme is sooo illegal, why don’t the NCAA and the zebras crack down on it………..Just Saying………..you’ve always got something to gripe about don’t you.

UGA Insider

January 11th, 2012
9:35 am

UGA Football- average
UGA Basketball- terrible
UGA Baseball- average
UGA Women’s’ Basketball- average

I want everyone to look at the present state of major sports for the UGA Athletic Dept….. If anyone out there is serious about improving our situation a change must be made at the top. Please write our governor and ask him kindly to fire MIKE ADAMS. He has been there much to long and it is time for a fresh face in his position. Adams is much to close to his $89,000,000 cash cow. Also, if I don’t make it home for writing this please tell my kids I love them.

Muffin

January 11th, 2012
9:36 am

@redandblackpup….

Keep drinking the kool-aid.
Bozo has a lock on his OC position as long as ricky calls the shots….

Stay thirsty, my friend.

Stumpknocker

January 11th, 2012
9:38 am

Couldn’t agree with you more “OL Blues”. Funny how in pre-season Dawg fans pounded their chests and proclaimed how they would physically man-handle the slow undersized white boys from Boise St………didn’t happen though ……did it ?

Muffin

January 11th, 2012
9:38 am

Enter your comments here

Muffin

January 11th, 2012
9:40 am

ugag Insider seems to be standing on the bow(or the stern) of the SS Titanic, water rising to his/her neck…..

JUMP, YOU FOOL!…….. hilarious….

Smyrna Gold

January 11th, 2012
9:42 am

Just what GT and CPJ needs; more “under the radar recruits”. Tech’s inability to recruit competively is disgusting….

Smyrna Gold

January 11th, 2012
9:42 am

Just what GT and CPJ needs; more “under the radar recruits”. Tech’s inability to recruit competively is disgusting….

TechMate

January 11th, 2012
9:44 am

Sounds like a win-win to me for young Mr. Burden and GT. I hope it unfolds that way on The Flats this weekend. Regardless, I wish this young man the best.

RedandBlackDawg

January 11th, 2012
9:47 am

Muffin,

A little thin skinned now are we? Go take your Prozac, eat some bran flakes and you will feel much better in a couple of hours. Not smarter mind you, but at least feeling better. As for staying thirsty, that is a funny one. I come onto a blog, expressing my opinion about something, and you come onto here and attack me and use childish remarks as a rebuttal. 10 out of 11 wins for UGA, and you complain about my school.

Muffin

January 11th, 2012
9:47 am

CHECK MATE-TECHMATE!!!!

Muffin

January 11th, 2012
9:52 am

@REDANDBLACKPUP……..

No ,no ol boy….

You continue to consume the juice to a state of inebriation. Look at yourself. A team that beat NOBODY this year. WATCH WHAT HAPPENS IN 2012….
Take off the red colored bifocals and open your EYE.

Then get back to me,ok?

@UGA Insider

January 11th, 2012
9:54 am

While i certainly share your sentiments about Adams, you might want to rethink what the definition of average is. Under Richt, 2010 is the only season I would classify that way. Men’s basketball is as you say below average certainly since Harrick left. Lady Dogs over the years are way above average, and somewhat above average this year. Baseball under Perno has been a roller coaster, but overall cannot be considered average when you look at the number of trips to the CWS.

Ramblin Man

January 11th, 2012
9:59 am

I know little about this kid but I am concerned how this class will finish up. Burden looks like he could be a nice grab and plenty of good recruits go unnoticed everyday, plus bonus he wants to go to GT. What confuses me is Flint out of Bama has had GT high on his list.

Ramblin Man

January 11th, 2012
10:03 am

Hmm the rest disappeared. Wondering if Flint has issues with grades or what. Would also like to see a push for Moore with Shumate commuting to ND. I would also give up on Fuller as that would lead to somebody decommiting or transferring later with three potential QBs is one class.

Ghost

January 11th, 2012
10:06 am

Muffin the kool aid drinker is you, thinking PJ is assembling anything North of becoming Annapolis South. Service academy offense and players to match. Those nobodys UGA beat would’ve have been losses for Tech. Georgia has been dominating tech in football for 5.5 decades and Paul “1AA” Johnson isn’t the answer.