Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Burton Focused on Big Visit to Notre Dame

July 10, 2017

It’s not a secret cornerback is a position of need for Notre Dame when it comes to the 2018 recruiting class. 2018 Central Gwinett (Ga.) cornerback Donte Burton is well aware of the need and will be in South Bend for an unofficial visit this weekend.

The 5-foot-11, 172-pounder knows he could have waited to take an official visit in just a few months, but it was important to see the day-to-day life at Notre Dame.

“I want to take both, but I wanted to go ahead and get up to Notre Dame before the summer ends,” Burton said of making an official and unofficial visits to South Bend. “During the season, I am planning on taking an official visit.

“I just want to experience the campus and what the football program is like to see what they go through. I want to meet up with all the coaches and staff. I want to meet with the players to get a feel for Notre Dame.”

Cornerbacks coach Todd Lyght and defensive coordinator Mike Elko have made sure to keep in contact with the three-star prospect over the last few months.

“I talk to Coach Lyght and Coach Elko,” stated Burton. “They like me, and they have said I am high on the board. Coach Lyght wants me to get out there to see the campus and what they are doing at Notre Dame.”

Burton, like most cornerbacks, knows about Lyght’s background and the Georgia native takes it as a positive.

“His experience proves he knows what he is doing and that it works,” explained Burton. “I know if I take everything he is teaching, I can be molded into a great player. He’s a great coach, and he knows his work.

“It makes Notre Dame more appealing.”

The Irish aren’t the only school recruiting Burton hard. Burton holds over 25 offers and is being recruited coast to coast.

“Missouri, Oklahoma State, Oregon, and West Virginia are recruiting me hard,” Burton stated. “I have plans to visit a few of them. I am probably going to take all my official visits to see some different places.”

Burton isn’t rushing his decision and plans to commit after his official visits, but he isn’t ruling out a commitment before for the summer ends.   

“It could come before my official visits,” said Burton. “It depends on how the visits go this month.

“Playing time and the coaches experience is big for me. The feel I have with the program and if I fit into their scheme is important too. I want to make an early impact.” 

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