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.