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 RisingSeniors.com 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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