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.”
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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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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