February 1, 2008
Peach State junior commits to UGA
The University of Georgia is looking to sign a top five class next Wednesday on National Signing Day 2008, but they are already rolling in the class of 2009. This past Monday, Georgia picked up commitments one, two and three and on Friday night they picked up number four. One of the top offensive linemen in the country Chris Burnette committed to UGA just minutes ago.
Exclusive Interview: Burnette talks UGA commitment
"I just called Coach [Mark] Richt and committed to him and Georgia tonight," said Burnette. "I told him Georgia was a great program, that Georgia is where I always wanted to go and that I was ready to be a Georgia Bulldog."
The Columbus native was very happy with his decision, but Coach Richt was right there with him when he found out about his future offensive lineman.
"He was about as excited as I was about," said a laughing Burnette. "He talked about how the class of 2009 was starting off real strong and if I committed to them, then they were committed to me. It felt great."
Burnette was just offered by the Bulldogs a couple of weeks ago and that was all it took for him to decide because he has known where he wanted to go for some time.
"I would probably have to say when I was in sixth grade because that is when football became serious to me. Before that, I was a basketball player and when I thought about it, I thought, what is the best school for me and it was the school that I love, the school that I root for every single Saturday, and it was UGA."
The offer itself made the 6-foot-4, 285-pound four-star offensive lineman feel special. The Bulldog Head Coach's values means a lot to Burnette as well.
"It was a great honor [when I got the offer]. Coach Richt is the guy I want to play for. He is a real Christian based man and Christ if first in my life and for him to offer me a scholarship this early, I can't even find the words for it."
What it is like in Athens on Saturdays in the fall really stands out to the new commitment amongst other things about the UGA program.
"I really like the atmosphere there and I like the city is not too big, but not too small. I have been to camp there twice and it was a great experience. They know how to work you, the facilities they got, the coaches, and everything was just perfect."
The man Burnette will be playing for in the future is Offensive Line Coach Stacy Searels and the Troup County OL thinks they will work together well.
"Coach Searels is a real cool guy and I got the feeling that we are going to get along good," he said. "He is going to work us and that is the most important thing because I my dream is to go past this level (high school), then past that level (college) and make it to the NFL one day if God is willing. He is the perfect guy for me to make it to that next echelon."
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