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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Coach/Dad | 2022 WR Caleb Burton Notre Dame An "Exciting" Offer

July 11, 2020

It takes Charles Burton a second to take off his dad hat and put on his coach hat to talk about his son, top 2022 Texas wide receiver Caleb Burton‍, on the field.

“He gets to speed real quick,” Coach Burton says, reluctantly explaining why his 6-foot, 165-pound son has received so much early interest from so many top programs across the country.

“He’s got a good burst. He’s in and out of his breaks. He’s got great body control and he’s got really good ball skills. When you put those things together, it’s been a good combination for him as a receiver making plays.”

The younger Burton’s early offer sheet includes Notre Dame, Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, LSU, Florida State, Miami, Penn State and USC among many others.

Still, his father/coach sees room for improvements.

“Just being consistent all through the game,” Coach Burton says. “On running plays, even when the ball is not running to your side, being able to think further into the game to set himself up. On passing plays, when the ball is not coming to you, always thinking down the road setting stuff up with guys.

“Of course, he can get a little bit bigger, but he works his tail off in the weight room, so all of that stuff will come with age.”

Coach Burton has encouraged his son to give the Irish a long, hard look.

“I tell (him), ‘You need to go watch Notre Dame football players give interviews,’” says Coach Burton. “You can definitely tell there’s a difference when Notre Dame guys give interviews. That’s the student-athlete they’re expectin

g you to be and that’s always pretty neat to see.

“Notre Dame is no doubt a prestigious university, high-academic university. That reputation is out there, so it’s exciting.”

Notre Dame certainly fits what Burton is looking for in a school.

“Caleb wants to play ball at the highest level, but you also have the ability to get a top-notch education that is respected across the country and around the world,” Coach Burton explains. “That’s always a good selling point. I think that’s intriguing to both of the young men.”

The Irish have done a good job of staying in touch with both prospects, through their coach when they need to.

“They’re checking on both of them and they do a good job,” Coach Burton says, noting his son and Notre Dame receivers coach Del Alexander have had some productive conversations.

“They’ve done a good job recruiting him. They didn’t just throw an offer out there and not follow up with communication and that’s always good.”

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