Cincinnati Elder defensive end A.J. Burdine was hoping to put off his recruitment for at least a few more weeks. It looked like that was going to be the case Saturday night as Elder was close to pulling off the upset of nationally ranked Colerain in the regional semifinals.
Elder fell just short, however, so the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Burdine is ready to place his focus on his future once again.
The former running back has five offers, and of those Boston College and Ohio are standing out to him. The Eagles were previously his favorite, but he’s more open now to other schools.
Indiana and Miami (Ohio) are among them, and Burdine said both schools have offers waiting for him when he makes it to campus.
“I haven’t talked much with the [Indiana] coach lately, probably in a couple weeks,” Burdine said. “I just emailed him [Monday] and got a message they’ll contact me soon to plan a visit and everything. I definitely want to get a visit there because it’s a lot closer than Boston.
“Coach [Greg] Frey told me I had an offer but just wanted me to meet the head coach and make it official, same thing with Miami.”
The RedHawks are the closest program to Burdine, who would enjoy playing near his Cincinnati home. Even though it’s a smaller program, he said that does not hurt Miami’s chances.
His first official visit will go to Miami the weekend of Nov. 30, and it is the only official Burdine has planned to date.
“I don’t want to judge because it’s a smaller school, but you never know if I feel comfortable that could be a good option,” he said.
The same goes for Ohio, which is having a strong campaign under Frank Solich. The Bobcats' successful season has impressed Burdine.
“Their program is coming up a lot. They’re having a pretty good year this year,” he said. “I want to check them out and see how the campus is, just meet some of the coaches in person and meet some of the other recruits that’ll be going there.”
As for the Eagles, Burdine has a teammate who camped in Chestnut Hill this summer and raved about the experience, but he does not want to go off somebody else’s advice.
There is also a strong chance the coaching staff his teammate worked under will no longer be there. Boston College is 2-8 on the season and fourth-year coach Frank Spaziani has just 21 wins as the Eagles’ head coach. A coaching change could happen at the end of the season.
It is something Burdine is not worried about, though.
“I’m not there yet so I don’t think it will affect me that much. If there’s some changes, whatever,” he said. “You can go to a good team that’s 10-0 but next year is 2-8 because things change. Things change over time and there’s still another year [before Burdine plays at a college] to get ready.
“It also depends on what other recruits come in, too.”
While future teammates will play a role, Burdine is not looking to anyone else for help on this decision.
“I want to see each school, and whichever one feels right and feels more comfortable … that’s pretty much where I’m going to go.”