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Tim Burton chooses Duke

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When it came down to making his final decision where to attend college, Cardinal Gibbons defensive back Tim Burton had a pretty good idea where he wanted to go.

As he did his research, visited each campus and met coaches and other personnel from the colleges he was interested, Burton went with his instincts on Sunday night when he chose Duke University.

"While Duke is a great challenge for me as a student, the opportunity to come into a program that is moving forward in the ACC is something that I just couldn't pass up," said Burton. "Great coaches, a school that has improved every season and a conference where a lot of great football is played."

The 5-10, 170-pounder who had been recruited by Wisconsin, Bowling Green, Marshall and East Carolina among others, loved the state of North Carolina and the fact that his close friend, Orville Reynolds of Douglas, committed in the spring to Wake Forest.

"We will keep our rivalry going," Burton laughed. "This entire thing is working out for both of us. We both picked tremendous programs that also have excellent academics."

Burton was a catalyst on the Chiefs' defense last year. His 4.4 (40) speed gives Cardinal Gibbons several options on both sides of the ball.

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