MONTGOMERY, Ala. — It's just the beginning for Antwan Burnett. This young man has a chance to be Mr. Football and Mr. Basketball for the state of Alabama if he chooses to play both sports long enough. He scored 15 touchdowns last fall, then averaged over 20 points per game in the winter as a freshman. He sprinkled in a couple of 40-point games in there too.
The 6-foot-4, 200 pound athlete is different. He will not only have options in terms of scholarships, but he will have options in sports too. While around Montgomery recently, coaches raved about Burnett and his ability and potential on the gridiron and the hard court.
Burnett is shining in basketball right now playing on the AAU circuit, but his first three offers in either sport have come as a football prospect. Florida offered first, then Alabama and Georgia followed. All came in recently, around the same time.
The Gators have won national titles on the football field and basketball court in the last 10 years and although he has not spent time in Gainesville (Fla.), he knows a little about the Florida program.
"I think about Tim Tebow and those years when I think about Florida," said Burnett. "I have not been there, but I watched them play on T.V. and I know they have a good team with good players. I like the way they play."
Alabama and Florida have matched up often for SEC championships in football over the years and Burnett has now visited the in-state school twice.
The first visit was for the Iron Bowl late last fall and he was recently there to take in a spring practice. The Crimson Tide has impressed him.
"The facilities there are really nice, I like the people there and the Iron Bowl was great. The crowd was so loud at the game and it was a lot of fun. I got the campus tour when I was there a few weeks ago and everything was nice. It is a school that wants everything to be perfect."
Burnett does not know much about Georgia yet, but he would like to get to Athens (Ga.) this summer if his AAU schedule allows him to. His offer list is going to grow in the coming months and he will have offers in two sports before long.
He is just taking it all in stride right now.
"You just have to stay humble," said Burnett. "As quick as I got the offers, they can be taken away, so I just have to keep working."