Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators picked up a 2021 commitment late last night. 2021 four-star cornerback Clinton Burton Jr. announced that he has verbally committed to the University of Florida. The Baltimore native is the first Gators commits since Kamar Wilcoxson rejoined the 2021 recruiting class. With Burton’s commitment, the Florida Gators now have the fifth ranked 2021 recruiting class in the country. Clinton Burton Jr. is the fifth commit in the Florida Gators 2021 recruiting class with Carlos Del Rio, Kamar Wilcoxson, Tyreak Sapp and George Jackson. He’s the second defensive commit in the Gators 2021 recruiting class with Kamar Wilcoxson.
Who is Clinton Burton Jr.?
Clinton Burton Jr. is a four-star cornerback out of the St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Maryland. The newest Florida commit is already one of the most sought after 2021 recruits in the nation. During his recruitment, Burton has received 15 offers from some of the top college football programs in the country. Burton has offers from schools like Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Penn State and West Virginia. Clinton Burton Jr. is also one of the highest ranked recruits in the 2021 recruiting cycle. On 247 Sports, Burton is the 123rd ranked recruit and the ninth ranked cornerback in the country. On ESPN, Burton is the 134th ranked recruit and the ninth ranked cornerback in the country. Florida Gators cornerback coach Torrian Gray was the primary recruiter for Clinton Burton Jr.
Clinton Burton Jr. is a 5’11” 170 pound cornerback. Watching his film, you can see that Burton has a very sound tackler for his size. He is very physically on tackling and at jamming receivers. He’s very quick in short spaces with some solid speed as well. Burton reads the quarterbacks’ eyes very well and cold be explosive with the ball in his hands. The biggest thing he needs to do in order to continue to develop is filling in his frame. Burton could probably add another 20 pounds of solid weight and keep his speed. This is a very nice pick up for Todd Grantham and the Florida Gators defense.