Shawn Burgess-Becker is one of the top recruits in South Florida for the class of 2014. After a stand-out performance at the Miami Nike Football Training Camp (NFTC), I again had a chance to see Burgess-Becker Saturday. This time, it was at the IMG 7-on-7 Southeast Championship.
Out of Coconut Creek (Fla.) Monarch High School, Burgess-Becker is a 6'0, 185-pound athlete who plays receiver and defensive back. Between games, I spoke with the talented athlete.
"It helps me a lot," Burgess-Becker said about how 7-on-7 ball impacts his game. I get to go against top recruits with a lot of offers, and makes me work on my game."
Burgess made waves when Alabama extended an offer in late March. Miami followed soon after.
"Since the NFTC, I picked up an offer from Louisiana-Lafayette. That's about it," Burgess-Becker said.
He recently visited Miami for its spring game and enjoyed the experience.
"It was good. I like Miami," Burgess-Becker said.
Burgess-Becker would like to visit two more schools in the Southeast: LSU and UCF. He cited LSU's strong record of putting players into the FL for his interest in the school.
Having a good relationship with the coaching staff is important to Burgess-Becker. He said that he was offered by Mario Cristobal of Alabama, James Coley of Miami, and Reed Stringer of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Emphasizing that it is still early in the process, he reiterated that he is still very open.
"I'm still open to all the teams. I'm just learning about all the schools," Burgess-Becker said. "And I will play wherever a team needs me; receiver, DB, whatever."