September 1, 2008
Burfict plans ASU visit
Corona (Calif.) Centennial linebacker Vontaze Burfict, a 5-star elite prospect and the No. 10 recruit in the 2009 class, had planned to be in attendance for Arizona State's home opener versus Northern Arizona on Saturday along with temmate G'Shaun Harris, but a transportation issue forced him cancel those plans.
Still, Burfict said he is determined to visit Tempe sometime between the Stanford game this coming weekend and the big contest with Georgia on Sept 20.
"I wanted to be out there to watch my brothers play," Burfict said. "I've been with them for the longest and wanted to go out there and support them and watch them play."
If you're confused, don't be. Burfict doesn't have any blood relatives on the ASU roster but the way he looks at it, linebackers Shelly Lyons and Brandon Magee and running back Ryan Bass might as well be his real brothers.
The four played together at Centennial, and their relationship goes quite a bit deeper.
"Those guys are like family to me," Burfict said. "I lived with Shelly and Brandon and spent all my time with those guys. So they're as close as brothers to me. That's how I look at it."
Burfict, a 6-foot-2, 245-pounder who is the No. 2 inside linebacker prospect in the nation, was expected to seriously consider Arizona State as a potential college destination, but then made a somewhat surprising early commitment to USC in February.
That commitment is far from solid, however, and Burfict said he is considering the Sun Devils as well as UCLA.
"I'm just keeping my options open," Burfict said, admitting that his commitment to USC should be designated as a soft pledge. "I want to stay close to home, [ASU's] probably as far as I'd go and the main reason I'd think about that is my brothers. I played with them before so why not again?"
Lyons and Magee are playing as true freshmen for the Sun Devils and both have told Burfict they'd like for him to make it a trio of Centennial linebackers suiting up together in Tempe.
"They're just telling me my talent will take over, that we can all get out there together and they'd like me to come be a roommate with them," Burfict said. "We'll see what happens and how I like it when I go out there."
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