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March is going to be a big month for high school juniors as they start to make unofficial visits to schools as they attempt to find their next football home.
Pitt will start hosting many recruits when they conduct their first spring workout on March 2. While most of the players visiting will be coming from Pennsylvania or a nearby state, at least one will make a trip by plane.
2021 running back Roscoe Burton from North Miami High School in Miami, Florida tells Pittsburgh Sports Now he’ll make a visit to Pittsburgh in early March. Burton (5’9″ 180) will be busy that month as Burton has a long list of schools that he’ll be visiting aside from Pitt.
Along with checking out Pat Narduzzi’s program, Burton will also visit Virginia, West Virginia, Rutgers, Michigan State, Wake Forest, Florida State, TCU and Baylor.
“This is a very exciting time for me right now,” Burton tells PSN. “I’m excited by the interest I’m receiving and looking forward to making these visits. When I’m on these visits, I’m going to be looking at the atmosphere of the program because I need to be at a place that I feel like I’m at home. Secondly, I want to see what my relationship is going to be like with my position coach and my head coach. I hear that at some programs, the head coach doesn’t have a lot of interaction with all the players. I want to see what it’s like at these schools.”
Speaking of communication, Burton says that right now the schools and coaches that he’s hearing from the most are Rutgers, West Virginia, Wake Forest and Pitt.
“The coach I’m hearing from at Pitt is Coach Partridge and are talks are good,” said Burton. “We’re talking about every day things and trying to build on our personal relationship. He’s trying to get me to know more about the city of Pittsburgh, telling me what Pitt is like, where I’d be living. Basically, he’s trying to get me to fall in love with the city of Pittsburgh.”
“He’s also talking about and comparing me to my guy Vincent Davis, who I’ve been training with the last couple of years. I started to go to an off-season running back academy with him and our relationship has been getting bigger and stronger since I’ve been talking about Pitt with him and coming to play with him. We have a tight relationship.”
When talking about his game and his strengths, Burton sounds a lot like Davis.
Through all the pain ill remain humble an find away out the jungle ima big dog just let me know an we can rumble😷4️⃣ pic.twitter.com/uINd9JOqPy
— Roscoe Burton 4️⃣ (@Amazing_23DBG) November 7, 2019
“At any moment and on any carry, I could be a homerun hitter. I’m a game-changing type ball-carrier,” said Burton. “Also, I like to think that I’m a leader by example and I’m a good teammate. Everyone knows that I always come to play hard and the opposing team better be ready.”
“They say it’s raining it’s storming it’s lighting but if it’s meant to be ain’t no you can fight it “💯🦈 pic.twitter.com/UtY2DmW6rX
— Roscoe Burton 4️⃣ (@Amazing_23DBG) February 13, 2020
In terms of timeline for making his final decision, Burton tells me that he will make a top seven in early June and could make his decision anytime after that.