January 26, 2012

Burdette finally lands SEC offer

Quintavius Burdette didn't attend many camps this summer.

He wasn't a big part of the 7-on-7 circuit.

Because of that, he believes, Burdette remained under the recruiting radar.

On Thursday, however, Burdette landed his first Southeastern Conference offer. The fact that it came from the coach who extended his first scholarship offer earlier in the year was quite a bonus.

"Man, it felt good," Burdette said, an hour removed from a meeting with Ole Miss coaches, one in which the Rebels extended a scholarship offer and invited him to Oxford this weekend for an official visit. "It was a relief. Coach (Hugh) Freeze offered me at Arkansas State. Now he's offered me at Ole Miss.

"Most likely, I'll end up a Rebel. It depends on how the official visit goes. I want to see how I fit in, all that good stuff. I already know I like the coaches."

Burdette, a 5-foot-10, 179-pound all-purpose back from Senatobia, Miss., said the Rebels haven't talked to him about a specific position. He could play running back, wide receiver or defensive back.

"I think I'm an athlete," Burdette said. "I don't have one set position. I'm a football player. I love it."

Burdette committed to Freeze at Arkansas State on June 19. He suffered an ankle injury in Senatobia's second game of the season and played injured until Week 9. He said he never lost confidence, however, that scholarship offers would come.

"Put me against anybody and I'll compete," Burdette said. "I won't be an easy ride."

"He had to play quarterback for us this year," Senatobia coach Phil Oakley said. "I had two quarterbacks transfer, and he was the only one I had left. I wanted him to play running back. He did well. He's not a big guy but he's a great kid who takes care of his business and has great grades. He's the kind of kid you want on your football team."

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