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4-star Florida S commit Amari Burney ‘fired up’ for Gators-Vols

Amari Burney

To say four-star safety Amari Burney is excited for Saturday’s Florida-Tennessee game would be an understatement.

“I’m very fired up because every year this is a hype game,” Burney, a UF commitment, told GN. “I got a lot of people in my ear talking about how Tennessee is going to beat us because of what happened against Michigan. But I’m coming right back at them saying Florida is going to bounce back.”

Saturday’s game will be the first time the Gators have played at home since Burney committed June 1.

“It’s just a great experience for me because it will be my first time going to an actual game since my commitment. So it’s going to be a great experience for me and my family,” he said.

Burney (6 feet 1, 215 pounds), from Clearwater (Fla.) Calvary Christian, is among the top 15 safeties and top 150 overall prospects in the 2018 recruiting class.

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Burney, who committed to Florida over offers from Auburn, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State and others, has seen the Gators pick up 12 more commitments in their 2018 class, which now numbers 18. Did he start a domino effect with his commitment to Florida?

“I don’t think because I committed everybody else followed me, but I think a lot of people were leaning toward Florida and they were just waiting for somebody to commit,” he said. “Once that happened, they started looking into it a little bit more.

“I’m really excited because we have a lot of top-tier players that are coming to Florida with me. I’m just ready to compete with all them and go in there and win some games.”

What type of player are the Gators getting in Burney?

“I’m an athlete,” he said. “If you need me to play offense, I can play offense. On, defense I’m just a hard-hitting safety. I’m running downhill and I will hit anybody in my way.”

Burney also said that the Gators’ loss to Michigan didn’t impact him at all in terms of his feelings for the program.

“I was just like we had all those people suspended and it really took a toll on us,” Burney said. “I wasn’t really worried about the Michigan game.”

Burney did take notice of true freshman cornerback C.J. Henderson receiving substantial playing time in the game, which included returning an interception for a touchdown.

“It just shows you that if you are playing good, Coach will put you on the field and then you can make plays because they will put you in the right positions,” he said.

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