January 27, 2009

Athlete, Pierce Burton talks about his official visit to Army

Sacramento (CA) Rio Americano High School athlete Pierce Burton is a player and he knows he's a player and the Army coaching staff wants Burton to know how much they want such a player as part of the Black Knights' football program.


Burton's recruiting has become a priority for Coach Ellerson and his staff. Although it is clear that Ellerson's no pressure approach to committing has gained high marks from the prospects that have made official visits to Army - recruits leave the visit and continue to the coaching staff's focus, interest and vision. "Coach Ellerson told me during my visit that he will be at my basketball game and making a home visit," shares the 6-foot-6 , 250 athlete. "But since my return, I have had Coach Shields and two other coaches call to remind me and tell me he was coming {laughing}. I know that Coach Ellerson is flying out to Fresno to connect with Nat Harrison and then coming down to see me."

Although Burton is a commit to Hawaii, he came to his official visit to Army unknowing and walked away impressed. "My visit went well," shares Burton, who was hosted by sophomore linebacker, Steven Anderson. "Things went well with him … he showed me around and I was able to get all the information I needed, and it was nice to know that he was an Honorable Mention All-American, shares Burton.

Not only was California native impressed with the coaches and his host, but expressed how impressed he was with the football facilities. "They are the nicest I've seen anywhere and I've been to Stanford, Hawaii, Oregon State … maybe Washington is close to Army, but that's about it," confesses Burton.


With just a little over a week away from signing day, where does Burton now see himself? "Right now I still feel that Hawaii is the right place for me, but I will be sitting down with my parents to make my decision," shares Burton.

Burton is a very unique athlete, who could end up playing defensive end or tackle, as well as tight-end or even offensive tackle. This validates Army's high level of interest in this talented prospect.

Coach Ellerson wants to get the best eleven players on the field and has made a specific point to let the prospects know that they are being recruited as athletes and not as just as a tight end, running back, defensive back, etc. Ellerson has been heard saying, "You need to be able to play more than one position or a different position than you played in high school." As one prospect noted, he turned to a kicker and said, "That means kickoffs, field goals, and extra points … and maybe even backup punter."

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