TAMPA, Fla. - Homestead, Fla., linebacker James Burgess Jr. claims nine offers, but of that group he reports two schools are working him harder than the others.
"USF and Alabama are the ones I keep in contact with the most so far," Burgess said.
Here is what he knows and likes about each:
South Florida - "They offered me already but they still want to get the 411. They talk to me about my character and stuff. The coach [assistant Vernon Hargreaves], he knows my father, so they're real cool"
Alabama - "I love Alabama. To me, they have the most consistent program. They're always going to a championship [game]. They never have a downfall in their season. They always have a consistent base."
Besides those two programs, Burgess said he has offers from Florida, Florida State, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Minnesota and Pittsburgh. Every school is recruiting Burgess to play inside linebacker except Florida, which likes him outside.
Burgess admits to having a special bond to the Hurricanes. That makes sense since his father, linebacker James Burgess Sr., played there.
"There's a lot of love there," Burgess said. "[Assistant coach] Micheal Barrow is there. He went to Homestead as well, so he knows the area. And he knows my family"
Burgess also appears to be high on Florida and Florida State. He visited the Gators a month ago and was impressed both with the campus and the fact "their work enthusiasm was so amazing." Burgess said the Seminoles "have a very consistent program" and added that FSU was his second favorite team (behind Miami) while growing up.
When might a decision come?
"I'm going to take my time," Burgess said. "Everyone will find out on signing day."
Burgess competed at last weekend's Badger Sports Elite 7 on 7 at the University of South Florida as a member of Team Hard Knocks Foundation I, and was pleased with his performance.
"It went great," Burgess said. "We had some good looks out here to get a chance to show reporters and colleges and whoever came out here I can cover as well as play football in the middle. I really didn't have anyone expose me too much. It was lockdown defense."