Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Notre Dame Exceeds Donte Burton's High Expectations

July 16, 2017

2018 Loganville (Ga.) cornerback Donte Burton made his way to South Bend on Saturday to get his first look at the Notre Dame program. The 5-foot-11, 172-pounder enjoyed himself and saw a good portion of what the Irish can offer.

“It was a great visit, and I enjoyed seeing everything,” Burton told Irish Sports Daily. “The campus was beautiful. I got to see a lot of things like where the players stay. It was an amazing visit, and I loved every minute of it.”

Irish Sports Daily 2018 CB Donte Burton
Notre Dame is now the leader for the three-star prospect, and the Irish have set the bar high heading into Burton’s next set of visits, which could be at Missouri, Oklahoma State, Oregon, and West Virginia.

“They have always been at the top of my list because it’s a real prestigious school and a great program,” stated Burton. “They play everybody across the country. They don’t play just in the region but all over. It’s a great place to play.

“On my visit, it was amazing to see how beautiful and peaceful the campus was in person. It was good to see how they take care of their players and it just blew me away.”

Burton got to spend time with some of the players, including a captain in the secondary.  

“I got to speak with Drue Tranquill and few more guys as they were coming out of lunch,” explained Burton. “I felt like I could fit in well and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Everyone seemed happy, so that was a good plus.”

Cornerbacks coach Todd Lyght is leading Burton’s recruitment, and the two got to develop a stronger relationship on Saturday afternoon.  

“I did get to meet with Coach Lyght, but I didn’t get to meet with anyone else because they were out of town,” said Burton. “He came back to see me, and that was important to me.

“Coach Lyght showed me around and told me the stuff we would be going over in his position room. I enjoyed it.”

How much did Lyght want to meet with Burton?  

“He took a private jet to make sure he was there for my visit,” laughed Burton. “It was extremely big to see he would do that for me.”

While Burton named Notre Dame, his leader, the Georgia native isn’t in a rush to make a decision. Burton decommitted from North Carolina in the spring and learned a few lessons from that experience.

“I learned to not rush into anything,” Burton explained. “I have a lot of time before I get to college, so I have time to make my decision. I want to make sure I make the right decision for my family and me.”

Notre Dame will host Burton on an official visit in the fall and Burton wants to see what a game weekend is like in South Bend.  

“I really just want to see the game day environment,” stated Burton. “I have heard it crazy, so I definitely want to check out a game. The additions to the stadium are a big deal. It’s going to be real nice.”

Overall, Notre Dame made Burton feel at home and put themselves in a great position to land the cornerback.  

“The visit really met my expectations,” said Burton. “I expected a lot and my experience at Notre Dame went over the top.”  

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