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Written by Andrew Spivey, January 25, 2016, 3 Comments,
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The Florida Gators had a big weekend full of prospects on official visits but most of those prospects were committed to the Gators already.

Defensive end Brian Burns (6-5, 220, Plantation, FL American Heritage) was one of two uncommitted prospects on campus this weekend and he enjoyed his time in Gainesville.

“I liked it, I enjoyed myself and it really was a good visit,” Burns said. “My family and I got to sit down and talk to the coaches and go to the basketball game. We toured the school and the campus as well. We got to eat a little bit of everything but the steak was probably my favorite.”

Florida Gators defensive line coach Chris Rumph had the chance to meet with Burns on Saturday and he shared how the Gators need him next year.

“Coach Rumph just emphasized how much he needs pass rushers,” he said. “He said that me and Antonneous [Clayton] would fill that need for them. I think we could be a good duo together because coach said that both of us are pass rushers so the offense can’t slide protection to one side. He said that it would benefit both of us.”

Head coach Jim McElwain also sat down with Burns and he made it no secret that the defensive end was a need for the class of 2016.

“Me and Coach McElwain didn’t talk about a lot of football during our talks,” Burns said. “He did tell me that he has a need for pass rushers and that I’m a priority to him. He was mainly talking to me about things after football and that’s very important to me also.”

Quincy Wilson was Burns host this past weekend and the two have a good relationship with each other that extends past football.

“Quincy is always Quincy with me, we didn’t talk a whole a lot about football this weekend,” he said. “We have a good bond that’s on another level so we just had a good time with each other this weekend.”

One thing that Wilson was able to help Burns with this weekend was some questions that the defensive end had about the Florida Gators coaching staff.

“I got all of my questions answered during the visit,” Burns said. “I asked the team about how the coaches coached and how their personalities were. All of the players answered my questions and I felt comfortable around the staff.”

Heading into the visit three schools sat at the top for Burns and he says that Florida helped its case but there is no change at the top of his recruitment.

“This visit helped Florida out for me,” he said. “Right now Florida, Florida State and Georgia are still pretty even. I’m taking my official visit to Florida State this weekend and then I will probably announce my decision on signing day. I’m going to keep praying about decision.”

INSIDERS TAKE: This is a very close race right now, and Burns keeps his thoughts to himself, but the feeling coming out of Gainesville this weekend is that Florida has a great shot. Next weekend will be big for Florida State but Coach McElwain will go in-home this week to keep momentum up for the Gators.

Andrew Spivey

About 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.

  1. gator_n_scJanuary 25, 2016, 11:51 am

    Not to interrupt your rant but did you notice that we already have the #10 overall player in the espn 300 in Clayton? Or that we have the 4th best rated QB in this class in Franks OR that we secured the nation’s #1 RB in the JC50 in 6’2 230 lbs thompson? Maybe you noticed that we got the nation’s #1 kicker to decommitt from bama? Let’s not forget that we just signed more EE’S then ever before in UF history? What about perine? Turned down Saban’s personal recruiting efforts to try and lure the #1 RB in the state of Alabama who is coming here with the #1 safety in the state of bama in taylor.

    All I can suggest is to step away from the ledge and open your eyes to the plethora of talent we have already secured with our current 26 commits. We’ve already met our needs (even at linebacker with Moon, reece and joseph) and most importantly we’ve only got 2-3 more Schollys to hand out among the 10 plus recruits you seem to think we NEEDS to sign.

    These last couple scholarships will be given to special, talented players who want in or they will be held till next year as we have 2 QB’S, 2 RB’S, 4 WR’S GREAT Dline players, GREAT secondary players the best kicker available, some BIG ol’ uglies on the olive and 3 really good linebackers that yes…. even Saban wanted.

    We are good regardless of who we add on NSD.

    • thedudeabide524January 25, 2016, 10:18 pm

      Coach Mac has done a great job this year. I thought they still had 4 slots to fill? Either way, they are still looking good with Dickerson,Burns,Eubanks,Fulton,Cleveland,Wilson,Pridgeon,Simpson,Jackson,and Walker. Any combo of these guys would be great. I think it will be Burns,Eubanks,and Dickerson/Simpson if they have 3 slots. If they have four add Walker at LB. But of course they will take the 3 or 4 that Mac likes and fits the system best.

  2. urussJanuary 25, 2016, 1:19 pm

    you’re a sad attempt at a troll.

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The Florida Gators had a big weekend full of prospects on official visits but most of those prospects were committed to the Gators already.

Defensive end Brian Burns (6-5, 220, Plantation, FL American Heritage) was one of two uncommitted prospects on campus this weekend and he enjoyed his time in Gainesville.

“I liked it, I enjoyed myself and it really was a good visit,” Burns said. “My family and I got to sit down and talk to the coaches and go to the basketball game. We toured the school and the campus as well. We got to eat a little bit of everything but the steak was probably my favorite.”

Florida Gators defensive line coach Chris Rumph had the chance to meet with Burns on Saturday and he shared how the Gators need him next year.

“Coach Rumph just emphasized how much he needs pass rushers,” he said. “He said that me and Antonneous [Clayton] would fill that need for them. I think we could be a good duo together because coach said that both of us are pass rushers so the offense can’t slide protection to one side. He said that it would benefit both of us.”

Head coach Jim McElwain also sat down with Burns and he made it no secret that the defensive end was a need for the class of 2016.

“Me and Coach McElwain didn’t talk about a lot of football during our talks,” Burns said. “He did tell me that he has a need for pass rushers and that I’m a priority to him. He was mainly talking to me about things after football and that’s very important to me also.”

Quincy Wilson was Burns host this past weekend and the two have a good relationship with each other that extends past football.

“Quincy is always Quincy with me, we didn’t talk a whole a lot about football this weekend,” he said. “We have a good bond that’s on another level so we just had a good time with each other this weekend.”

One thing that Wilson was able to help Burns with this weekend was some questions that the defensive end had about the Florida Gators coaching staff.

“I got all of my questions answered during the visit,” Burns said. “I asked the team about how the coaches coached and how their personalities were. All of the players answered my questions and I felt comfortable around the staff.”

Heading into the visit three schools sat at the top for Burns and he says that Florida helped its case but there is no change at the top of his recruitment.

“This visit helped Florida out for me,” he said. “Right now Florida, Florida State and Georgia are still pretty even. I’m taking my official visit to Florida State this weekend and then I will probably announce my decision on signing day. I’m going to keep praying about decision.”

INSIDERS TAKE: This is a very close race right now, and Burns keeps his thoughts to himself, but the feeling coming out of Gainesville this weekend is that Florida has a great shot. Next weekend will be big for Florida State but Coach McElwain will go in-home this week to keep momentum up for the Gators.

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