Danville (Va.) George Washington tight end Chris Burton was surprised by the news of Tom O'Brien's dismissal. The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder gave his take after just finding out.
"Honestly, I haven't really thought about it yet," he said. "I'm still in the process of thinking about it. I just found out myself.
"It really surprised me. I didn't think it was actually going to happen. I expected him to be my coach next year."
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Burton noted he has not heard from other schools yet, though he did hold offers from the likes of East Carolina, Temple, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and others.
Burton claims that O'Brien was a relatively big factor in his selection in the first place.
"It was pretty big that he was head coach," he said. "I know usually when new coaches come in, they like to bring their own staff and it's going to be a big decision I have to make, whether I want to stay committed to NC State."
That debate is far from over for the three-star.
"I want to wait and see what happens, and what they do," he said. "I really do think I have a chance to playing at NC State.
"I love the atmosphere and all the coaches. It's a really big family up there and everyone sticks together and with each other through everything."
Burton helped his team to a playoff birth where he posted 13 receptions for 360-yards and four touchdowns.
"I improved a lot this year," he said. "I think a lot of it was my selflessness. I didn't see the ball thrown to me a lot, but I helped a lot with my blocking and all that."