If Carlos Burse becomes a multimillion dollar player in the NFL, there’s already some young Florida fans prepared to cash in on his memorabilia.
Following Saturday’s Orange and Blue Debut, the four-star receiver felt the love from the next generation of Gators.
“I enjoyed the environment,” Burse said. “The whole Gainesville community down in Gator nation, everybody there is lovely. When I was walking out of the stadium after the game, I actually had to sign autographs for some little kids. That was really fun.”
It was the second visit to UF for the Alpharetta, Ga., prospect, but his first time seeing the Gators in action.
“It was legit,” Burse said of the trip. “It’s always a lot of fun to see any college team play, but Florida was really nice because of the caliber it’s at.”
“The last time I came was for a camp, so I didn’t necessarily see exactly how everything was. It was definitely different this time. I got to take a tour of the campus and see what the football program has to offer.”
The 6-foot-2, 194-pounder spoke highly of new offensive coordinator Brent Pease and sophomore quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
“I really like the new offense, it’s very nice,” Burse said. “They pass a lot more and there’s a lot more patterns they run. I’m sure if I did decide to go there, I’d be able to do some crazy things in the passing game. I really like No. 12. He has a cannon. He has a really nice arm.”
After the game, Burse chatted with head coach Will Muschamp and receivers coach Aubrey Hill — his primary recruiter.
“They had a nice talk with me and let me know exactly what they’re looking for,” Burse said. “I talked to the receivers coach and he would like to watch my film so he can see how I play. I’m also coming back for their summer camp again. He’s hoping I pick Florida, but I still have a lot of time left in my recruiting process.”
UF has been the front-runner for Burse since late last year, and that lead increased Saturday. Burse said the Gators are his favorite because they recruit him the hardest and treat him with “southern hospitality.”
With all the love he’s received from coaches and now fans, why not pull the trigger?
“I just need to go see other places,” said Burse, who likes Alabama a lot and hopes to earn an offer from Nick Saban in his camp this summer. “I’m trying to see what everybody has to offer. I’m going to take all of my visits and not rush anything. I won’t make a decision until the end of my senior season.”
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