Interest is high, but offers have been slow to come for
one of the Peach State's top defenders.
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Burnam, a 6-foot, 230-pound linebacker with nearly 500 career tackles to
his credit, says he's not getting caught up in the early portion of his
"Whatever happens, I don't think I'm going to make a
decision for a while," he said. "I'd like to have a bunch of offers right now,
but it doesn't bother me because I want to see who all will end up calling me
and make as many visits as I can."
Burnam has received interest from Georgia, Florida, LSU,
Tennessee, Ole Miss, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Virginia
and South Carolina, among others.
"My favorites are Georgia, Florida, LSU, UT and Ole Miss," he said, "but I
really grew up a fan of Florida State and Nebraska, so I'm hoping to hear more
So how did a player from the heart of the South become a big Nebraska fan?
"Tommie Frazier was my favorite player growing up," Burnam said. "I was a
quarterback when I was younger, and I wanted to be like him. He was the man."
But now Burnam, the Georgia Class 2A/Region 4 defensive player of the year,
is driven by punishing quarterbacks.
"I'm a physical player. I love to hit, especially quarterbacks," he said. "I
like to put people down hard, drive through them."
This summer, Burnam (325 bench, 520 squat) will camp at Auburn and Georgia in
hopes of sharpening his linebacker skills and intangibles.
"I'm trying to develop more of my leadership skills," he said. "Then I can
come back and teach the younger players what I learned at the camps."
Dooly has posted a 32-6 record in Burnam's three years. He has started every
game dating back to his freshman year, amassing 481 tackles (an amazing 209 as a
junior), 39 tackles for loss and six sacks.
Playing time will be a big key in his college decision.
"I just want to play," he said. "That's the No. 1 most important thing. I
want to go somewhere I can get in there from an early age."