June 9, 2008

Burnett back from Colorado visit

With 25 scholarship offers on the table, Brayden Burnett is in the process of checking out colleges and narrowing down his list. Ideally, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end from Southlake (Texas) Carroll would like to make his college decision sometime this summer.

Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Michigan State, Missouri and Wisconsin are among the colleges vying for his signature. Michigan is another program in the mix, although the Wolverines have yet to extend a scholarship offer.

"It has been hard as far as narrowing things down but it hasn't really gotten overwhelming," Burnett said of the recruiting process. "I am just enjoying it and considering it a big honor, getting interest from all these programs.

"I am trying to take a bunch of unofficial visits in June and if I feel like I have found the right fit for me, a place that feels like a home away from home, I will make a commitment."

Burnett took his first trip to Colorado last week, and he came away impressed.

"They let us see the campus, they showed us their facilities," Burnett said when asked to recap his recent visit to Boulder. "We got to meet the coaching staff and spend a lot of time with the defensive line coach (Romeo Bandison). They showed us what they had to offer and showed me a good time.

"The trip to Colorado went great, I had a great time. I loved the campus. I got a good feel for the coaches and they have a great staff. They have great players as far as them being good kids. Colorado is a really cool place."

Burnett is set to take his second trip this week.

"I am going to go visit Missouri," he explained. "I have been talking with Coach Dave Steckel from their staff and he is a great guy. I hope to come away from my visit to Missouri with a good feel for the place.

"After my trip to Missouri, I am going to check out Michigan, Arizona State and I am also considering Arkansas, California and Wisconsin."

Burnett earned first-team all-district and all-area honors last fall as a junior after he recorded 57 tackles, 17 for a loss and 12 quarterback sacks.

Playing on a Southlake Carroll football program that competes for the state title and sends players to the D-1 level every year, Burnett has been well coached. He also plays with a great motor.

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