Recruiting is about building relationships and relying on one’s reputation.
Arkansas State’s new Head Coach Hugh Freeze turned to a high school prospect in Freeze’s hometown Senatobia Mississippi in efforts of turning around the Red Wolf Football program.
Senatobia athlete Quintavius Burdette committed to Freeze earlier this month after attending a Red Wolves Summer Camp.
“I basically loved everything about Arkansas State,” Burdette told AStateNation.com. “The stadium is great, I loved the facilities and I really liked the weight room.”
The fact that Freeze is from Burdette’s home town is something the talented running back is well aware of.
“He is a great man,” Burdette said. “He comes from a great family, he is from my hometown, so it makes it special for me.”
Burdette, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete, hopes he will see action on the offensive side of the ball.
“They just told me that they were recruiting me as an athlete,” Burdette said. “I hopefully I will see some time on the offensive side of the ball. I love their offense.”
Burdette finished his junior season with 1,280 yards and 16 touchdowns, earning All-State honors.
The talented athlete enjoyed his camp experience in Jonesboro.
“It was great,” Burdette said. “It was a great opportunity for me to see how it would be to be coached by this coaching staff. They are incredible.”
Burdette is currently ranked a two star prospect by Scout.com but is unrated at the running back position. Coach Freeze currently has four commitments for the recruiting class of 2012.
RedWolves Tight End Coach Maurice Harris is in charge of Burdette’s recruitment.
While Burdette only has one offer, his commitment appears solid.
“I’m very committed to Coach Harris and Coach Freeze,” Burdette said. “I’m very happy at Arkansas State.”