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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
2016 WR Burton bags early USC offer

By Blair Angulo

Five-star cornerback Adoree’ Jackson and four-star linebacker Dwight Williams are undoubtedly the headliners for an immensely talented Gardena (Calif.) Serra football team that won a state bowl game last year.

Class of 2015 prospects Rasheem Green and John Houston Jr., already national recruits, are next in line. After that, it appears 2016 receiver Brandon Burton will carry the torch for the Southern California powerhouse.

Burton on Monday night became the first prospect in the 2016 class to pick up a scholarship offer from USC, a notable development given that it took Jackson, Green and Houston much longer to land one from the Trojans.

“It means that my hard work is paying off,” the 6-foot, 180-pound Burton said. “This should give me more exposure.

“This was a major confidence-builder. This is a school I’ve always dreamed about going to.”

Burton is being recruited as a receiver by assistant coach Tee Martin, though the promising athlete said he wants to play both sides of the ball at the college level.

“They like my raw ability,” said Burton, who recently toured the USC campus while on a school field trip.

And though Burton already has offers from two of his childhood favorites -- Florida State being the other -- he has not been tempted to offer a verbal pledge to any school.

“It’s too early for commitments,” Burton said. “I’m just enjoying the moment.”