Carlos Burse: Vanderbilt beats out others for 4-star WR

WR Carlos Burse (AJC)

WR Carlos Burse (AJC)

Vanderbilt earned a commitment from one of the state’s top overall prospects on Thursday.

Carlos Burse, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound wide receiver from Alpharetta High School, picked Vanderbilt over Mississippi State among around 20 football scholarship offers, which also included Florida, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. He’s ranked as a 4-star by Rivals.

“It was the academics mainly, and I wanted to build my own little legacy over there,” Burse said. “Vanderbilt showed me the most interest.”

Burse is a two-sport star, averaging nearly 20 points in basketball at Alpharetta. He was recruited by colleges in both sports, but will focus on football at Vanderbilt.

“I talked to them about playing basketball at Vanderbilt and they’re fine with it,” Burse said. “But basketball is on the backburner right now.”

Burse is legendary for participating a long football practice at last December’s all-star game, and then joining his high school basketball team later that night and scoring 22 points.

Burse said he had limited interest from both UGA and Georgia Tech. “I never had an offer or anything. But I didn’t really care too much because [both schools] were too close to home.”




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June 14th, 2012
4:18 pm

Congrats Burse……..


June 14th, 2012
4:28 pm

Good for Vandy and Carlos. Best of luck to both.


June 14th, 2012
4:44 pm

He’s a 4star wide receiver and we don’t even make an offer, WHY?????

Beast from the East

June 14th, 2012
4:50 pm

Great choice for an education.

A person SMART enough to know......

June 14th, 2012
4:52 pm

Good Luck…….Pick a good Degree and have a good time and career.


June 14th, 2012
4:55 pm

@JRW7…one of the reasons had to do with him communicating the idea that he wanted to go out of state, as he stated…


June 14th, 2012
5:09 pm

Congrats to Carlos and vandy. His new coach is a psycho with big time anger and misogyny issues but Carlos seems like a quality kid.

Todd Grantham

June 14th, 2012
5:23 pm

Good for him! Wish him the best!

Game Changer

June 14th, 2012
5:33 pm


good question that will have alot of excuses from UGA staff, ” why didn’t we offer this kid “?


June 14th, 2012
5:39 pm

The guy is quoted in the article as saying Athens is too close to Alpharetta. Worry about about what’s instead of what ifs


June 14th, 2012
5:51 pm

Gamechanger, How many wide receivers would you like to have in this class? There are better out there and already 3 verbals . Only Losing only 2 off the roster this year. On another blog you made reference to the size of Georgias receivers, this years receiving corps Wooten is the only one under under 6″1.King is 6′1′ the rest are 6′3″ or taller. Can’t offer or sign every High school player in Georgia.

Game Changer

June 14th, 2012
5:59 pm


please list the recvrs and heights, you will see that you are wrong.

Game Changer

June 14th, 2012
6:05 pm


I stand corrected,

Jimbo Taylor

June 14th, 2012
6:52 pm

Great choice, Franklin is going to make Vanderbilt legit in the SEC. Give him a couple of years.

James Franklin is making over 3 million now, he’s not going anywhere anytime soon and these great players know that.

Wise choice for the next 40 years young man. Best of luck.


June 14th, 2012
7:07 pm

There are some really good receivers in Ga this year and, I think this young man could be one of the best. He has great size and, his speed is one of his attributes that is least mentioned. Good luck over the next four years and, take it easy on the home team


June 14th, 2012
7:11 pm

Vandy is putting together probably their best class in school history. Got a four star wide receiver and might get a four star linebacker and the corner they got out of georgia ferguson he is a three star but might get bumped up to four star. Ferguson and shaq wiggins work out together along with the other top recruits in the state. Shaq can’t weigh but about 160 I don’t care what his listed weight is I see him just about everyday. Ferg is the harder worker and has the frame to carry more weight without it affecting his athleticism. Shaq is a small frame guy but is quick as lightning with his footwork. I expect ferg to have the better college career and have a shot at the next level. I do not like coach franklin that much but he is doing work for vandy compared to the type of athlete they traditionally get. They will not be on the bottom of the conference with franklin there. I am not saying they will championships but they will be a very tough out.


June 14th, 2012
9:21 pm

@Dawgs01 They’re also the current leader for 4 star DE Davin Bellamy. From what i’m hearing he is a nearly a lock to join the Commodores. With the addition of 4 star QB Johnny McQuary, these guys may be the real deal as long as Franklin remains. I can’t see him staying past another three years!!! $$$


June 14th, 2012
10:20 pm

Again VU landing players like never before. They are serious folks about winning the East and going for the SEC championship. I know it is hard for college football fans especially in the south to realize this. But VU finally has the commitment from the top down. This staff is for real.

The players and recruits see this is for real. More recruiting success to come. You will see VU football have more success like no one has seen since the 1940’s. Keep in mind, Jess Neely and Dan McGugin VU coaches in the first half of 20th century led VU to consistent winning and top tier of the SEC.
Times have changed folks. You will see VU win like they have never have.

Recruiting | MrSEC

June 15th, 2012
9:06 am

[...] the academics mainly, and I wanted to build my own little legacy over there,” Burse told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Vanderbilt showed me the most [...]

Flo - Ri - Duh

June 21st, 2012
11:35 am

UGA showed no interest in him. Not on their radar.