March 3, 2008

Burton among top local running backs

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro is coming off a state championship season and one of the major reasons is standout Beau Burton, who is considered to be among the top running backs in the 2009 Arizona class.

Burton is coming off of a year in which he carried the ball 116 times for 1330 yards and 10 touchdowns. The all-region performer also showed that he is a threat out of the backfield in passing game where he scored three touchdowns.

Burton's contributions also came on the defensive side of the ball, where he played cornerback for the 4A state champions totaling 49 tackles on the year.

Even though he has shown playmaking skills on both sides of the ball Burton knows where he wants which position he wants to play at the next level.

"I definitely would like to play running back in college," Burton said.

When asked to describe himself as a running back he said, "I can mix in a little bit of moves with a little bit of power running when I can. I am not too much of a speed guy but I can lower my shoulder every once and a while."

The 5-foot-9, 203 pound running back's concentration has been directed to the 2009 season and he is just starting to focus on his recruitment.

"I haven't thought too much about college just yet," Burton said. "My head coach does a lot of my recruiting stuff. I know he has been sending my highlight tapes all over the place. I am more focused on trying to win another championship.

"I think we are going to have a really good defense next year. We are losing a lot of guys on the offense but I think Coach Lewis is going to be able to fill in the spots real well and we are looking forward to another good season."

Despite his strong junior season Burton is still looking to improve by spending this spring and summer getting bigger, stronger and faster.

"I am feeling really good right now," he said. "We are already getting back into doing a lot of our conditioning. I feel that I am in good shape. I am heavier than I have ever been, I am stronger than I have ever been and faster than I have ever been," Burton said. "I would like to rush for 2,000 yards next season, that's my first goal. I haven't thought too much about it after that yet."

Burton, who is headed down to Tucson for Arizona's Junior Day this weekend, is starting to hear from schools but is yet to receive an offer.

"I like UofA and I like ASU," Burton said. "I am trying to stay close to home. Those are the colleges I talk to the most and those are (coaches) I see around the most. UofA seems pretty interested. I have been getting a lot of letters from them. That is the school I have talked to the most. I have also been hearing a lot from Colorado."

Burton, who plans on majoring in business, has an idea of what type of system he would like to play in.

"I like the spread offense because it's the style that I run now," he said. "I am looking for something like that."

ASU is definitely a team that Burton will keep in mind.

"I have been a fan of ASU since I grew up, my grandma used to take me to all of the games," Burton said. "A lot of my friends are really interested in ASU, my buddy Corey (Adams) likes them a lot but I haven't been up there too much to talk to the coaches as of yet. It seems like they have a good program. They had a great program this year. ASU would be awesome and they are a team I will be looking at."

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