With signing day now in the rear view mirror and the letters of intent officially signed, it is time to get acquainted with the newest Missouri Tigers.
Burton is a 3-star player from Lee's Summit West High School. Ever since his sophomore season in high school, Burton has been impressing the Missouri scouts with his speed and playmaking ability.
Burton told InsideMizzou.com, "There were some other schools, like K-State, Nebraska, and some small schools…but Missouri was always my number one option." He said that during his visit, the Tigers coaching staff made him feel like he was already on the team.
The coaches should be glad he is actually on the team now. At 6-1, 230, Burton can cover a lot of ground, and will certainly help the Missouri linebackers, if not this year, then in the future.
Burton told us that the chance to work with Sean Weatherspoon, a senior linebacker for Mizzou, is awesome.
"It is an amazing opportunity to learn under Weatherspoon. He is very excited about all the young players."
Burton knows that the defense has often been the goat of the game for the Tigers in the past, but he hopes to help change that.
He told us, "I want to help bring the defense back to where it is supposed to be." If he has as much success in Columbia as he did in high school, then the defense should be well on its way.
He will be joining a defense that already has some young players ready to produce. Now a sophomore, Kenji Jackson showed great promise in the second half of the 2008 campaign at the safety position.
Luke Lambert played the whole season as a sophomore, and racked up 77 tackles. Burton will only help the defense improve on a season ago.
The 3-star linebacker is excited about the opportunity to come be a Tiger. When talking about his visit to Mizzou, Burton said, "I felt very comfortable on the campus." In fact, he said that he wants to get to Columbia as soon as he can, possibly in June.