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Burton makes 10th commit for Irish

Jun 18, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

It’s being widely reported that Venice, Florida defensive end Clay Burton has committed to the Irish. Burton is the 10th verbal commitment for Brian Kelly, and the fourth guy that fits into the much needed mold of edge players for the Irish, joining Brad Carrico and Tony Springmann, who profile as 3-4 defensive ends and Jarrett Grace who could play either inside or outside at linebacker.

Steve Wiltfong of has one of the only early quotes out of Burton, who called Irish assistant coaches Tony Alford, Bob Diaco and Kerry Cooks today.

“I just slept on it for about a week, and counseled with everyone important to me, my mom, my brother, my uncle, my grandmother, and all my high school coaches, and I decided it was the best fit for me and the perfect time to get it off my shoulders and relax,” Burton said. “They’re happy about it, and so proud of me.”

Burton has a strong list of national offers, choosing the Irish over places like Georgia Tech, Tennessee, LSU, and Florida State. He’s the type of long and lanky defender that will fit in as an outside backer, yet also has pass rush ability to get to the quarterback, a la Darius Fleming.

Burton visited Notre Dame last weekend, his first ever visit to campus. His older brother Trey is will be a freshman quarterback with the Florida Gators next season.

  1. TLNDMA - Jun 19, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    I think it’s great that Kelly and staff have identified so many players that fit their systems. Not only do they have have a list of offered players out there but, also a list of back-ups they know are interested. They seem to have all the bases covered and are making sure they are not left wanting on signing day.
    Clay Burton is Irish, congratulations kid.

  2. Kenny M - Jun 19, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Going down to the state of Florida and getting another top prospect is a real shot in the arm for the Irish. The three powerhouse programs in Florida usually build a brick wall around their state. Brian Kelly must continue to land impact defensive prospects to contend on a national level. If you look at all the BCS championship games in the past……the winner always has a great defense.

  3. TLNDMA - Jun 19, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Starling committed to Nebraska. Leaves you wondering about ND letting the baseball coach go. Though many are raving about him, you have to wonder if baseball was the stumbling block in his recruitment. Did Nebraska make more concessions than ND for baseball? QB is one position I’m not worried about Kelly being able to recruit.

  4. Doug - Jun 20, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Congrats and welcome Clay. You made the biggest and best decision of your life.
    It’s great to see the new staff landing top defensive players so early. Perhaps if CW and crew would have done so, they would still be in South Bend.
    Is it September yet?!

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