GAINESVILLE, Fla. — One of Brian Burns’ deciding factors is going to a school where he’s needed, and Florida made its case to him over the weekend.
Burns, rated a five-star defensive end by 247Sports, took his official to UF, a school he last visited for the Florida State game. His trip in November only lasted for a few hours.
“I really enjoyed myself this time,” Burns said. “I like the people there and got to know everyone on a better level. We got to go a lot deeper into things.”
One subject the staff delved into was the need for Burns at his position. The Gators signed CeCe Jefferson last year and have Antonneous Clayton committed for 2016, but they still made Burns feel like a priority.
“They definitely showed me that I’m important,” Burns said. “They need a pass rusher because having one or two good ones isn’t enough. You need to be able to bring pressure from both sides.
“Some of the guys that they have on their roster are still developing, so they need a presence right away that Alex McCalister had. I feel like I can fulfill that position.”
Florida defensive line coach Chris Rumph is a favorite among prospects, and he has impressed Burns throughout the recruiting process.
“I feel like he’s a great coach, but most of all he’s a great man,” Burns said. “We don’t talk about football that much. He cares about me as a person, not just a player. I can see myself playing for someone like that.”
Burns’ hosts at UF were running back Jordan Scarlett and cornerback Quincy Wilson, two players from the same area as him in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
“It was fun to see them and hang out,” Burns said. “Me and Quincy are real cool. His little brother (2017 four-star cornerback Marco Wilson) is on my team.
“They told me I have the possibility of coming in and playing early, but that’s only if I work. Nothing is going to be given to me at Florida.”
Burns visited Georgia on Jan. 15 and will take trips to Alabama and Florida State this week. The nation’s No. 5 weakside defensive end plans to make his decision on National Signing Day.
Unless otherwise stated, all rankings and ratings are according to the 247Sports Composite.