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Friday, May 10, 2013
2016 ATH Burton gets second offer

By Erik McKinney

The Florida State Seminoles waited a long time to offer their first freshman in the state of California, but after extending one to 2015 quarterback Kevin Dillman (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada) last year, they didn't wait long to do it again.

On Thursday, Gardena (Calif.) Serra standout Brandon Burton picked up an offer from Florida State, adding to a previous offer from Utah. He's also hearing from Northern Arizona, Northwestern and UCLA, but it might take him a while to bring his focus back to those schools. There was no hiding how big the offer from the Seminoles was.

"That's one of the schools I've been dreaming about going to since I was little," Burton said. "My dad is a Florida State fan, so it was always either them or USC."

Burton said as he's grown up, his mind has expanded to understanding how many options are out there for him, but there will likely always be a soft spot for the Seminoles.

"This is the happiest I've ever seen my son," said Damien Rivera, Burton's father. "It was better than winning CIF and State last year. He's so amped up. I told him to celebrate as much as he wanted to at home, but to make sure he's humble at school. Still, [Friday] is the most anticipated day of school for him in his life."

As a freshman, Burton saw some action for the Cavaliers as they made their way through the playoffs, but the 6-foot-2, 183-pound two-way athlete will likely be called upon much more as a sophomore. Capable of playing wide receiver and safety, Burton already looks like an upperclassman during Serra's spring practices and has coaches both from his own staff and colleges taking notice.

Burton said he's thankful for the offer, but nowhere near ready to begin moving through the recruiting process. When he is, it won't be surprising to see Burton holding offers from some of the biggest programs across the country.

"He's so motivated with this right now," Rivera said. "He keeps saying to wait to see what he does when they get back in pads this fall."