November 20, 2008

Competition doesn't bother Burton

While one running back committed to the Colorado State football program last weekend, it won't affect the decision of another CSU running back target. Scottsdale (Ariz.) running back Beau Burton reports his trip to Fort Collins was a success and added his decision on a school will come soon.

Burton has plans to visit UNLV on Dec. 11 and if no other schools offer a scholarship - currently CSU and UNLV are his only offers - he plans on making a decision soon after that weekend. He reports his visit to Fort Collins did nothing to dissuade him from Colorado State.

Burton is a 5-foot-11, 204-pounder with 4.6 speed and a knack for picking up yards inside using his strength (385 bench press, 500 squat). Burton has been a leader on the Saguaro High School offense this year, accounting for 1,850 yards.

Burton said he was impressed by the CSU facilities, the weight room, Strength and Conditioning Coach Greg Scanlan and the straightforward nature of running backs coach Anthoney Hill. He also liked seeing Colorado State's ability to attack New Mexico with an offensive philosophy that resulted in 30 carries by CSU tailback Gartrell Johnson.

"I watched the offense pretty closely and thought it fit my style of play," Burton said. "When I saw the running back run the ball that much and he said the whole O-line comes back next year - that sounds like it could be a great opportunity."

The opportunity for Burton to come in and be the man at tailback next season may have been compromised to some extent with the commitment of Mason on Sunday. Burton said he was not only aware of the Mason commitment, but in attendance for it.

"It doesn't change anything for me," Burton said. "Where every I go, I am ready to compete and ready to compete for a spot every year. It didn't change anything for me and something I was prepared for."

Burton is now putting his recruiting on the back burner to some extent until Dec. 12 when he heads to Las Vegas.

"If everything stays at it is, I plan to taking my visit to UNLV and hpefully make a decision the week I return," Burton said. "I will compare the two options. I don't want to drag it (recruiting) out any longer and the other teams have their process to go through too."

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