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2023 3-Star DE Kamari Burns Breaks Down Why Pitt Made His Top 6



Kamari Burns has made two visits to Pitt over the last year, mostly recently in March, and left very impressed.

During this time, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end from Columbus, Ohio has also been able to develop a solid relationship with Pitt assistants Ryan Manalac (linebackers coach) and Charlie Partridge (defensive line and associate head coach). Because of all this, when it came time to make a list of his Top 6 schools, it was a no-brainer that Pitt would be included in that group.

On Monday, the three-star recruit narrowed down his list of schools that he would be considering to six: Pitt, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana.

Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Burns about this Top 6 and also his latest visit to Pitt, which took place near the end of March.

“What impressed me most was just how professional they were,” said Burns. “Coach Partridge is very impressive and one of the best d-line coaches in the game. He talked to me about the d-line, and I really feel like I could prosper there as a defensive lineman. He liked how versatile I am and believes that I could play the 3 tech and the 5 tech. He believes that I could do well there, and I think that just shows how good he is at what he does.

“Both coach Manalac and coach Partridge have been great recruiting me and they’ve been recruiting me for a very long time now,” Burns said. “Every single week, coach Manalac calls me and wants to know how I’m doing. They both have been recruiting me hard for, like, over four months now and have been doing it very consistently. Coach Manalac also recently came to my high school to see me. They’ve shown how they want me.”

When talking about the reason for cutting down his list of offers, Burns told PSN that he plans on making a decision in July and will make official visits in June, so he felt now was the right team to start focusing on a handful of schools and, “to see who really wants me and who’s fake and who’s not.”

“I feel that these six schools really showed the most interest and did a good job of reaching out to me on a weekly basis to see how I’m doing,” said Burns. “All these schools have been recruiting me for a while now and I believe they all really care about me. I also believe that I could fit into all of their defensive schemes.”

Burns didn’t commit to making a decision on a certain date or month just that he wants to make a decision after his official visits and before the start of his high school season.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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