RedHawks new No. 1 for A.J. Burdine


Early Sunday morning, defensive end A.J. Burdine (Cincinnati Elder) sat down with Don Treadwell and told the Miami (Ohio) coach the truth.

“I said ‘Honestly, Coach Treadwell, I didn’t think it’d be anything like this, but the visit went great,’ ” Burdine said. “I’ve been to Wisconsin and I’m sure they would have been nice with an official visit, but I really liked Miami.”

The RedHawks are the latest to offer Burdine, who has six offers in all. Burdine made his first visit to Miami this weekend, and the visit could not have gone better. It catapulted the RedHawks to the top of the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Burdine’s list.

The campus was a big selling point for Burdine, who is from Cincinnati. He said the area is big enough to have a good time but not too big where it gets too crazy for him. He also enjoyed that the town really is centered around the university.

Miami finished the season 4-8, but Burdine said after talking with Treadwell that the program is close to turning it around.

“They want to recruit guys like me, who are good leaders and honest and good young men. He said that makes a difference with a team,” Burdine said.

Although the RedHawks top Burdine’s list, he also liked that the coaches did not pressure him into a decision.

“He was like ‘Here’s what we got if you really like it. If it’s not for you then we don’t want you here if you’re not comfortable,’ ” Burdine said. “He’s not going to try to sell it to me and be fake. He showed me the reality.”

Burdine will officially visit Ohio the weekend of Dec. 7, and will likely decide between the Bobcats and RedHawks.