OL Freddie Burden committed to Georgia Tech on Sunday as the Yellow Jackets finished their biggest recruiting weekend of the year.
The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder from Statesboro High School picked Georgia Tech over Middle Tennessee State. Burden also had serious interest from Florida and was invited to make an official visit with the Gators next weekend with the hint of an impending offer. However, Burden has decided to cancel it after committing to Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech now has 15 commitments and is expected to sign 18-19 on Feb. 1. Paul Johnson gave Burden a little advance notice about the offer.
“Coach Johnson actually told me on Saturday that he was going to offer,” Burden told the AJC. “He told me to think about it, and to make sure how I felt about when we talked on Sunday. I was 100-percent sure about it, so I went ahead and committed.”
Why Georgia Tech? “It’s one of the best combinations of college football and education you can get.”
Burden will start out at center at Georgia Tech, and may eventually be moved to offensive guard or even tackle. After Burden committed, he said he was told by Johnson, “I’m glad to get you on board. You can help our team win an ACC championship.”
Burden said the topic of visiting Florida did not come up in conversation with Johnson over the weekend. “He didn’t say anything about it at all. I decided on my own not to go to Florida. I’m committed to Georgia Tech. My recruiting is over.”
At Georgia Tech, Burden will be reunited with another commitment, Statesboro WR Micheal Summers. They are best friends and have played football together since they were five years old. “Mike was excited about the opportunity for us to play football together in college; that situation doesn’t happen very often,” Burden said.
Georgia Tech entertained nine prospects over the weekend, including eight that were previously committed to the Yellow Jackets: running back Marcus Allen of Hilliard, Fla., quarterback Justin Thomas of Prattville, Ala., Statesboro wide receiver Micheal Summers, Greater Atlanta Christian offensive lineman Chase Roberts, Sandy Creek offensive lineman Will Adams, cornerback Antonio Crawford of Tampa, Fla., Lanier County defensive end Junior Gnonkonde and defensive end Rod Chungong of Olney, Md.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT OVER THE WEEKEND
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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