Wide receiver Deontay Burnett finally made his college decision on Wednesday after an eventful final two weeks. The 3-star prospect signed with USC in a late surprise.
Burnett will reportedly blueshirt with the Trojans which involves initially walking on with the promise of being added onto scholarship down the road. The Trojans came into the picture very late and weren't reported to be a factor until signing day.
Burnett committed to WSU during the summer and was a solid commitment through most of the process despite interest from several other schools. That changed late in the cycle when Jim Harbaugh and Michigan came calling. Burnett took an official visit to Michigan and while he told his high school coach he was going to commit, he changed his mind and remained a WSU verbal commit while saying he was going to consider Michigan, WSU and Arizona State. The Sun Devils also came into the picture late with an offer on January 29.
As a prospect, Burnett is a consensus 3-star recruit and the No. 97 wide receiver in the country according to 247 Sports' average rankings. Rivals is high on the 6-foot, 170-pound prospect, ranking him the No. 59 wide receiver in the country.
Losing Burnett is going to sting for the Cougars, especially with Dahu Green flipping to Oklahoma on Monday and Dominic Davis flipping to USC earlier in the cycle. WSU needs some young wide receiver depth and while they will bring in Kyle Sweet and C.J. Dimry, losing Burnett and the others is going to hurt.