Pitt FB Recruiting
Pitt is at the Top of the List for 2024 3-Star WR Miles Burris After Spring Game Visit
It was Miles Burris’ first time in Pittsburgh, and like most Florida kids, he was surprised by the hills. It’s always the hills. But he wasn’t surprised by the culture.
Burris — a 6-foot-2, 190-pound three-star wide receiver from Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida — made the trip up to Pittsburgh to check out Pitt’s spring game over the weekend, but he flew in early Friday in order to spend more time with the coaches.
“I came a day before, so I got to see everything and tour the day before, and then after the game I talked with coach Underwood, we checked out the locker room and then we talked for a little bit,” Burris said.
Pitt jumped into Burris’ recruiting chase on Feb. 1, joining the likes of Akron, Brown, Central Michigan, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Dartmouth, Florida A&M, FAU, Liberty, Memphis, Ohio, Penn, Troy and Yale. The offer came after Tiquan Underwood made a visit down to Trinity Christian earlier this year, and the bond has grown since.
Underwood and Pitt’s staff has been consistent in reaching out, and with his visit over the weekend, he certainly felt a continuation of that hospitality.
“I enjoyed the facilities, and the campus was a very nice place,” Burris said. “Coach Underwood is a great coach, treats his players like family and just has a special connection in the receiver room that I haven’t seen much of anywhere else.”
Burris enjoyed the spring game, too, watching the wide receivers. He liked what he saw, seeing how the wideouts did what they were supposed to do and handled their assignments. He liked seeing the young guys getting some reps, too.
“They throw the ball around quite a bit, and they give their guys chances, and that’s what I look forward to in a college is giving their guys opportunities to make plays and as an end goal, get in the end zone.
“It was great, offensive and defensive players were all hollering at each other. It felt like family, everybody was coming together. Coaches were firm but also had a great relationship with the players, which is great because you can’t be too lenient, or they’ll take advantage of you.”
As a kid from Florida, he knew a couple of his fellow Floridians — including Lamar Seymore. And he camped with Israel Polk in the past. So, of course he spent a bit of time chopping it up with Polk and Seymore, hearing nothing both great things about the program.
And part of the reason he arrived on Friday was to have a more immersive experience, which included more one-on-one time with Underwood and the chance to sit in on meetings in the receiver’s room.
He likes the way Underwood coaches, the way he builds genuine bonds with his players and ensures that open communication is possible amongst everyone in the room.
Underwood told his receivers to fight, and fight hard, for their spots, and that struck a cord with Burris.
That kind of fire is exactly what Burris prides himself on, along with his big-play ability as a big, strong wide receiver who will do anything to help his team.
“(Underwood) likes my size and my knowledge of the game and that I play tough,” Burris said. “I play like a dog in being able to just have some grit that some players just don’t obtain and play the game with passion.”
As a junior at Trinity Chrisitan, working in a run-heavy offense, Burris used his size and speed to serve as the resident big-play wideout. He racked up 32 receptions for 664 yards (20.8 yards per reception) and nine touchdowns — all team highs.
247Sports rates him as the 148th-ranked wide receiver and the 144th-ranked recruit from Florida. Neither Rivals nor On3 have rated him yet, but that will certainly change over the summer.
Burris was in Pittsburgh over the weekend, and he’ll be in Memphis this week. After that, it’s about seeing which coaches check in and planning official visits.
He’ll be checking in with the Pitt coaching staff soon himself in order to set up an official visit.
“They’re definitely at the top of my list right now, great school, great program and they also have my major, so that plays a big part there,” Burris said. “They’re one of the top physical therapy schools in the country. It was very nice.”