Plantation, Fla. — The last few weeks have been hectic for Brian Burns as he closes in on his decision.
He has yet to even schedule his official visits, though he conceded he’ll likely be taking them to the same schools he named as his favorites in August — LSU, Florida, UGA, Florida State and Alabama.
Only then will we get a better idea of where he’ll commit.
“Once I take my official visits, I’ll really get a feel for the atmosphere outside of the school,” Burns told SEC Country. “I think that’ll really determine my decision.”
The four-star defensive end from American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) said each of his top schools continue to recruit him aggressively. Three weeks ago, Burns told DawgNation.com that Florida, UGA and Alabama were his co-leaders. Despite having some kind of clarity, he’s uncertain when he’ll even be announcing his commitment.
“I don’t know, to be honest,” Burns said of his commitment date. “It’ll be one of those pop-out-of-nowhere moments.”
Of course, four of the five schools he is considering hail from the SEC. Burns went in-depth with SEC Country about those programs in particular.
On UGA: “My relationship is really well with Georgia. I’ve been up there once, but when I went up there I really liked it. (Sam linebacker coach Kevin) Sherrer is a great coach, a great person. He sounds very genuine in everything he says. I take that pretty serious.”
Burns on coach Mark Richt: “Coach Richt is a cool dude. He doesn’t put any pressure on me to commit anytime soon. He wants me to take all my visits. He wants me to really enjoy the recruiting process, and I’m appreciative of that.”
On Florida: “They’re doing big things right now. (Defensive line coach Chris) Rumph, he’s more about making me a better person than a football player. That means a lot. When I went up there, I have couple of players already up there I know like Quincy (Wilson) and Jordan Scarlett.”
Burns said Wilson gives him insight on their workouts and how they prepare for game days.
On LSU: “I haven’t talked to them recently, but (defensive line coach Ed) Oregeron, his career speaks for itself. The players he’s developed speaks for itself. He’s a great coach and I have to go back up there.”
On Alabama: “First of all, it’s Alabama. But the way they run their defense, they have that position I fit. That stand-up defensive end type that’ll rush. But all the schools in my top five have that. When I went to their camp, the linebackers coach was really feeling me. That got my attention.”
Burns last took an unofficial visit to FSU on Oct. 12. He is rated as the No. 17 player in Florida, and the No. 11 weakside defensive end in the Class of 2016.