Burney remains solid with the Florida Gators after Saturday’s visit

The Florida Gators hosted several prospects on campus for Saturday’s game against Florida State and those prospects included several current Gators commits.

Athlete Amari Burney (6-1, 215, Clearwater, FL. Calvary Christian) was one of those guys on campus on Saturday and he liked the effort from the underclassmen against Florida State.

“I saw a lot of young guys come in and play very well on defense and on offense,” Burney said of Saturday’s visit to Florida. “Florida just had a couple of mistakes on the offensive side of the ball that cost them the game.”

Burney has been vocal about his commitment to Florida and he says that has a lot to do with the constant communication he has with the staff.

“Just since the first they offered me, I had a great relationship with Coach [Jim] McElwain but I have a great relationship with every coach,” he said on why he’s confident in decision Florida. “Just all of them talking to me and keeping me on board is what kept me committed to Florida.”

The athlete has also been one of the leaders of the class and he has been pitching a message to the rest of the commits about staying with Florida.

“Just talking to everyone and telling them to stay committed and stay patient and wait and see who the new coach is,” he said on the message to the others in the class. “Then if you don’t want to be here you can make that move.”

Burney believes that his class, plus the young guys that he watched on Saturday are what makes the future bright for Florida.

“I’m very confident, there was a lot of young guys on the field today [Saturday] putting in the work,” Burney said on why he’s confident that the new coach can make things work. “The defensive backs, the receivers are just putting in work. I know those guys are coming back.”

The Florida commit also has a front runner for who he would like to see running things in Gainesville next year.

“I’ve been hearing about Scott Frost, so that’s the person that I want to come and coach for Florida,” he said on who he wants as head coach at Florida. “Just because of what he did at UCF and he has been talking to me when he was recruiting me before I committed.”

Despite the coaching turnover, Burney says that other schools know where his commitment is to.

“I’ve told them that 100 percent committed so they’ve stopped trying,” Burney said on other schools trying to recruit him.

Despite the solid commitment, Burney admits that he’s waiting to see who Florida hires before he enrolls early in January.

“It really depends on who they bring in,” Burney said on if assistants leaving Florida would affect him. “It really depends on who they keep on staff then I will have to look into things.”

INSIDERS TAKE: It’s going to be tough for any school to pull Burney away from Florida because of how comfortable he and his family are with the Gators and Gainesville.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.