New school enters picture for LB Burnett
Julian Burnett - profile Westside-Macon's big hitting linebacker, Julian Burnett, took time out of his Saturday afternoon to talk about teams that have been recruiting him and a new team entering the picture. Burnett is the leader of the undefeated Westside defense. Coach Robert Davis has said on many occasions that Westside wouldn't be where they are right now without Julian anchoring one the state's best defenses. Julian, how is your recruiting going thus far? "Right now it is kind of slow as we (Westside) are in the playoffs and I really want to devote my time to helping my team win a state title." How many offers do you have right now? "I have offers from UAB, Ole Miss, North Carolina State, Wake Forest and South Carolina." Is there a favorite from that group? "No sir, not at all. They are all even and I really can't say one team leads another." I understand that a new team is expressing heavy interest in you, is that correct? "Yes sir, Georgia Tech has been writing me and calling me a lot lately. I talk to Coach Kelly a good bit and he says that are very close to offering me a scholarship." If they offer, how would they rank with the others that have offered you? "If Tech offers, they would move right up there with the others. I would be considering them just as much as the others that have already offered. It would mean a lot if they offered." How about distance from home, do you or your family want you to stay close or is distance not a factor? "My family wants me to stay close if at all possible. I don't mind traveling a little bit but I don't want to go too far away from home." What factors will you be considering on a school to go to? "I will look at the school and see if the education I get will be one that will help me a lot after college. I will also look at the football program. I want to go to a college that has a good reputation and has a good winning footing. Depth chart will not mean much as I am willing to work and put my best foot forward and let the coaches put the best players on the field. I feel if I work hard and play to my potential, my playing time will come. ; I just have to work hard." Well, since Georgia Tech is a late entry into your recruiting, would they be a team you would like to play for? "Yes sir, I would love to play for Georgia Tech. Still, I need to sit down and look at all the schools and what they have to offer and how I feel when I visit them." When do you hope to have a decision made by? "Since we are in the playoffs and I hope we can go all the way to the state title game, it looks like I will be playing into almost December. My visits will be after the playoffs are over. That will push my decision back until January and possibly the week of signing day if the decision is a hard one. I'll know when I find the right team but I want to be sure." Speaking of the playoffs, how did you do last night? "We beat Glynn Academy 56-6 and will play Jonesboro (Jonesboro beat Hephzibah by the score of 18-17) next week." Dale's Take: Julian was a pleasant interview and he was very open about his recruiting and the fact that just because Georgia Tech is entering late in his recruiting, it do esn't mean they are not up there with the others. In fact, they are right there with teams that have offered and might be the team to beat if they offer him. He says he'd love to be in Atlanta and that an offer from Georgia Tech would be a big deal to him.