'Dogs Getting a Burse of Talent

Isaiah Burse

GoldenStatePreps.com NorCal Defensive Player of the Year Isaiah Burse, from Modesto (Calif.) Christian, led his team to the CIF State Small Schools title. The Fresno State commit had over 3,500 in total offense, and defensively had 90 tackles, seven sacks and five interceptions…

Modesto (Calif.) Christian athlete Isaiah Burse is one of the more talented players in California with the ability to make an impact on both sides of the ball. Despite being recognized by as one of the states top defensive players, the enticement to play offense is one of the reasons that led him to Fresno State.

"Some schools wanted me for defense, I really don't like defense," said Burse. "I'll be open minded but I don't see myself playing defense.

"The [Bulldog coaches] see me playing slot, some wildcat and returning kicks, I know its going to be a battle. I'm just going to work hard and see what happens."

Burse took his official visit to Fresno State the second week of December, while he didn't commit that weekend, he knew exactly it was the place for him.

"In my mind, on that trip I committed," said Burse. "But I promised my team I wouldn't make a commitment before the state championship, about a week later I committed. I called [WR] Coach Dub (Keith Williams) then I called [head] Coach [Pat] Hill."

Burse said another factor in his recruitment was his relationship with Hill and Coach Dub. Quite a few BCS schools showed interest and offered, but he says none developed the relationship Coach Dub and Coach Hill did with him and his mother.

"He's like my family, dad-uncle-brother. He is someone I can relate with," Burse said about Coach Dub. "Him and Hill, they both treat my mom well. They all get along. It makes my decision easier. I know I won't be playing for someone I don't like but someone I respect."

Burse chose Fresno State over offers from Arizona, Kansas State, Nevada, San Jose State and San Diego State. He had interest from many Pac-10 programs but most projected him on the defensive side of the ball.

"Oregon and Washington said they were going to offer," said Burse. "Arizona wanted me as an athlete, safety or something. Oregon wanted me on defense. Cal wanted me to play corner but I turned them off."

Academically, Burse reports a 2.4 GPA. However, he says the coaches want him to maintain a 3.0. "They want me to keep straight B's this semester, I'm going to get it," added Burse. "I'm just taking it one day at a time when graduation comes I can't wait to get Fresno."

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