July 25, 2010

Another corner on board

Earlier today Devils Illustrated caught up with Jared Boyd, the Georgia cornerback that had just given his verbal commitment to Duke. Now another cornerback has gone on the record as saying he will attend Duke. The future of the Duke secondary is looking bright.

Tim Burton, a cornerback from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons, recently ended the recruiting process by giving a verbal commitment to the Blue Devils.

"I'm a Blue Devil," Burton reported late Sunday evening. "I actually committed yesterday (on Saturday) but my phone wasn't really working at the time.

"I told both the head coach (David Cutcliffe) and coach Derek Jones."

This staff has proven they can recruit very well using the academic angle with recruits. A Duke education means a lot, and plenty of talented players like to hear that.

"It actually boiled down to not only getting coached by Derek Jones and coach Cutcliffe, but also the life after Duke. That degree alone is going to carry me somewhere afterwards. My parents, grandparents and coach all love Duke. I'm going to be playing in the ACC, big-time BCS ball. I feel like this class that's coming in is going to change the face of Duke football."

Though listed as 5-foot-8 and 153-pounds, Burton said at his last camp he measured better than 5-foot-9 and about 163-pounds.

He is actually already good friends with a couple of his future teammates, including another recent commitment.

"So far I know Jared Boyd and Jalen Simmons," he said. "They're both already committed. Jalen really helped talk to me so I'd feel comfortable with Duke as a football place.

"Jared Boyd, I met him at the All-American Combine so I know he can play. With him being there, I feel like this class coming in can change some things."

Though Burton is solidly committed to Duke and excited about his future in Durham he left open the possibility of visiting some other schools.

As a junior for Cardinal Gibbons last fall Burton recorded 55 tackles and two interceptions. He returned a fumble and a kickoff for touchdowns and also rushed for one score on offense.

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