Burney all in with the Florida Gators and Dan Mullen

It has been a busy first few days on the job for new Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen and that has included calling many commits and targets while out on the road recruiting other players.

One of those commits that heard from Dan Mullen was athlete commit Amari Burney (6-1, 215, Clearwater, FL. Calvary Christian) who talked Mullen on Monday.

“The conversation went great, it was just a quick three minute conversation,” Burney said on his talk with Dan Mullen. “He was just really introducing himself and telling me to get ready for when I come up there in January.”

Mullen didn’t go into great detail about things with Burney but did provide a message about what is ahead for the athlete.

“He was just telling me that when I come up there in January it was going to be the hardest that I’ve ever worked,” he said on the message from Mullen. “He said to get ready to start working.”

Burney did get reassurance from Mullen that the Gators are still after him and want him in the Orange and Blue.

“He was just saying that I was one of the first people he called and he wants me,” Burney said. “He was saying how bad he still wants me but we really didn’t talk about a position or anything like that.”

The athlete who has been committed to Florida since June is excited about Mullen being the head coach at Florida.

“It’s a great pick-up for the Gators,” he said on Mullen coming to Florida. “It shows how much he loves the Gators to be there once and then want to come back and coach them again. He has that championship mindset and he knows how to win for the Gators. It’s going to be great having him as a head coach.”
Burney who grew up watching the Gators remembers the players that Mullen had on his offense and his mentality on the field.

“I just remember Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin with him,” Burney said on what he remembers from Mullen’s time at Florida. “All of them guys he used to coach with speed and the electric guys that he coached. I just remember them winning national championships.”

Now that Mullen is in place, Burney is in the process of setting up an official visit to Florida as he plans to early enroll.

“Probably next weekend or the weekend after,” he said on when he will take his official to Florida.

Burney also has shut down his recruitment now that Mullen is in place as the athlete remains solid to the Gators.

“I’ve always been all in but I just wanted to see who the coaches was going to be,” Burney said on his commitment status. “I like the pick-up they made.”

INSIDERS TAKE: Mullen will use his in-home visit with Burney on Thursday night but the athlete remains solid with the Gators and doesn’t plan to visit anywhere else.

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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.