Burke names the Florida Gators his leader

Several of the Florida Gators biggest targets were on campus on Saturday to visit Gainesville for junior day.

Receiver Marcus Burke (6-3, 180, Jacksonville, FL. Trinity Christian Academy) was one of those on campus and he got to see a lot that Florida has to offer.

“It was a great visit,” Burke said of his visit to Florida on Saturday. “We took pictures and saw everything that Florida had to offer.”

Two of the Gators coaches spent a lot of time with Burke on Saturday and they had a general message for him.

“Coach [Dan] Mullen and Coach [Billy] Gonzales,” he said on the coaches he talked to mainly. “They want me to come and be a playmaker for them.”

Receivers coach Billy Gonzales broke down how the Gators would use Burke and get him the ball if he comes to Florida for college.

“He said he wants me as an outside receiver,” Burke said of the message from Gonzales. “He said he can use me in a lot of ways, pretty much saying we’re going to give you an opportunity to make plays and be a playmaker.”

Mullen spent most of his time with Burke explaining the Gators history and also talking about the head coach’s experience with offenses.

“He was just talking about the history of Florida,” he said on the message from Mullen. “He was telling me what he has done since he has been at Florida and I mean his offense uses his receivers so he’s going to get me the ball.”

Heading into the visit the Gators were high on Burke’s list but he says Saturday’s visit pushed Florida even higher in his recruitment.

“Florida is my leader,” Burke said of his interest in Florida. “They’re everything I need in a school and I like everything about them.”

Next up for Burke is possibly two more visits and then the receiver wants to make a decision.

“Sometime in the spring,” he said on when he wants to make a decision. “I might visit Georgia Tech and I’ll definitely visit Florida again.”

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.