Player Spotlight: Deante Burton

Deante Burton plays in the shadow of Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium at Manhattan High School. After an impressive junior showing where he moved from cornerback to wide receiver, he's getting serious attention from Kansas State among others.

"I came into my junior year bigger and faster," Deante Burton said. "Having me as the primary receiver in our passing game gave the offense extra diversity. I got a lot more playing time, seeing action at safety on defense. I felt like I handled myself well and played with game smarts."

This summer Burton is planning to attend camps at Tulsa (June 18th) and possibly Oklahoma State. He'll also camp at K-State and attend a combine in Salina.

"The main two schools I'm hearing from beside those are UCLA and Northwestern," said Burton. "I just started talking to Oklahoma State. I'll probably camp there when I'm in Oklahoma visiting Tulsa, but I have to check the dates with the coaching staff. I'm also going to try and make another NUC combine to get my numbers up."

Burton, 6-foot-2, 205-pounds, has strong ties to Kansas State University having grown up in the area. This spring he was in attendance for a Wildcat Junior Day and spring game.

"I've played football with a lot of the coaches sons since we were kids," Burton said. "Although I've been around the program living in Manhattan, every time we go, we learn more and more about it. It's a nice place. I've talked to Coach Smith, the wide receiver coach, Coach Hayes, the defensive backs coach, and Coach sean snyder, the special teams coach."

Many schools are evaluating whether Burton would make a better wide receiver or safety in college. It depends on who you talk to, but at this point, Kansas State, Tulsa, and UCLA are favoring Burton on the defensive side of the ball.

"At receiver my size helps," Burton said. "I use my size well and have good speed on the long routes. I like to play safety too. I do well playing up to help stop the run. It doesn't matter to me what I play in college. I'm willing to play whatever if it will help get me on the field sooner."

The Manhattan Indians had two stellar back-to-back seasons, only to fail in a long playoff run. In 2009 and 2010, they went undefeated during the regular season only to have two straight second round exits.

"The past two years we kind of lost our way in the playoffs," Burton said. "We have a good team returning and the goal is going to be nothing short of a state championship. Hopefully we can get the passing game going and open things up for play action. I want to make my mark this year, and pick up a Division l offer."

Burton also excels at basketball and track in the 400 meter dash for Manhattan. For Indian football, he wears No. 8. As a sophomore, Burton played with current Kansas State Wildcat, Tate Snyder, grandson of head coach Bill Snyder.

"Two things I'm hoping to find in a college is one that offers good student housing and good academics, because that's the way my mom raised me," added Burton.

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