Burnett excited about being a Missouri Tiger

It only took one month for one Missouri commitment to realize that he and the Tiger Football program was a perfect match for each other. Go inside to see what Texas athlete Brayden Burnett has to say about his pledge to the Tigers and his thoughts about his official visit last weekend. See why Missouri and Burnett are a perfect fit.

It only took one month for one Missouri commitment to realize that he and the Tiger Football program was a perfect match for each other.

Southlake Carroll Texas defensive end Brayden Burnett received an official offer from Gary Pinkel last May. The standout defender from the Lone Star state wasted no time taking an unofficial visit to Columbia.

"My first trip there was unbelievable," Burnett told InsideMizzou.com Friday. "The opportunity to play in the Big 12 for one of the top winning programs was something I couldn't pass up. They have a great business school and I just fell in love with the student life on campus."

It only took a couple of days of discussion and Burnett pulled the trigger, choosing the Tigers over several other schools. That decision has lasted throughout the year for the 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end, last week's official visit solidified things for the Texas athlete.

"This is such a great fit for me," Burnett said. "I feel so comfortable around the players and coaches. Last week I got the opportunity to spend a lot of time with everyone. The trip proved to me I have made the right choice."

One thing that stood out to Burnett was how close Coach Pinkel was with his players.

"He is a great coach obviously," Burnett said. "More than that he is a father figure for all of his players, it's great to know I will have someone like him watching out for me both on and off the field."

Burnett is planning on arriving in Columbia the first week of June to attend class and begin working out getting ready for fall camp.

"I can't wait," Burnett said. "I'm so excited about being a Tiger."

Burnett has already begun working out, with a goal to be in the best physical shape of his life upon his arrival to the University of Missouri.

Burnett wasn't hesitant about reflecting on last week's official visit.

"It was an excellent time," Burnett said. "I couldn't have expected or asked for anything better. Missouri is the total package for me. The coaches, the defensive system, my future teammates, everything is a perfect fit. We will win several Big 12 championships during my years at Missouri, I'm confident of that."


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