Player Spotlight: Austin Burtnett

Austin Burtnett, from Keller, Texas, was in Manhattan, Kansas to watch the annual Purple/White spring football game. The 6-3, 270 defensive lineman was one of the many rising senior invitees the Wildcat coaching staff welcomed in to watch the team perform.

"I liked how they brought us in to watch the coaches working with people," Austin Burtnett stated of the visit. "We had a chance to meet the coaches. Then we got to listen to the head coach, Bill Snyder, speak."

Burtnett made the trip, his first of the spring, with his mother. Although he has yet to receive his initial offer, He's hearing from Boise State, Utah, Tulsa, Arkansas, North Texas, Oklahoma, Houston, and Kansas State.

"I think they have a good future in store," Burtnett said of the Wildcat program. "The coaches do a good job of running the program. One part of the visit I really enjoyed was watch film of the season's highlights."

Keller High School, located in Tarrant County, Texas, is home to the Indians. They experienced a bit of a down year in 2010 going 3-7. Burtnett, in his second year on varsity, took over as a full-time starter at defensive end. He made 38 tackles, eight sacks, and recovered a fumble.

"Last year, I feel like I did a better job of getting to the ball and making tackles," said Burtnett. "Next season I want to keep improving on my form and just dominate in every game. I'm hoping to break all my personal records and exceed even my own expectations. Have the perfect season."

Burtnett has attended a Nike Football Training Camp at Texas Christian University in nearby Ft. Worth this spring and a combine at Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas. He plans on going to camps this summer at the schools expressing discernible interest.

"I like to see how the coaches run the program," said Burtnett. "You don't want to hear a coach who is just going through the motions, but one that's excited in when they talk to the players about their program. Facilities are important to me. I'd like to go somewhere with really good facilities and resources available to the players."

Burtnett took part in track & field competing in the shot put and discus. He reports he's met all academic qualifications required by the NCAA. He wears No. 47 for the Keller Indians.

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