Florida State has added another commitment to its 2002 recruiting class, and this player has all the markings of one of those classic FSU recruiting sleepers that project as an eventual pass-rushing defensive end.
Darrell Burston, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound defensive end for Peachtree City (Ga.) Starrs Mill High School, has pledged to FSU, according to his high school coach Mike Earwood.
“Florida State got themselves a good one,” Earwood said. “I know exactly why they offered him. They’re going to put 25-30 pounds on him and he’s going to be a great pass rusher, just like all of those other guys they’ve had that they’ve built up in the past.”
According to Earwood, Burston has all the measurables, like a 4.45-second 40-yard dash time and a 41-inch vertical leap, as well as all of the intangibles; he’s a hard worker, loves to play the game and has good grades in the classroom.
What’s more is that Burston has only played football since his 10th grade year.
“He’s definitely a little green. I recruited him out of the hallways when he was a sophomore. But he has so much potential that the sky is really the limit for him.”
Burston attended last weekend’s Florida State-N.C. State game and had said previously that if the Seminoles offer that he would commit. The Seminoles offered yesterday, according to Earwood.
Duke, Indiana and Wake Forest were among the teams to have already offered Burston a scholarship. Auburn and Georgia Tech were also talking to Burston.
“I think Florida State just did a good job of recruiting him,” Earwood said. “They’re getting themselves a special young man, who I think will really make an impact on their program eventually.”