Burton Adds To OSU's List Of Early Arrivals

Chalk up another early arrival in the 2015 recruiting class and this one looks like he could provide some immediate help, maturity, and depth at the star linebacker position that will lose Michigan (super senior) transfer Josh Furman. Kilgore (Texas) Junior College safety Jordan Burton said he committed to OSU, head coach Mike Gundy and defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer on Thursday morning.

Burton earned All-SWJCFC honors for the 7-3 Kilgore squad with 108 total tackles and 52 of those stops were unassisted.

A "downhill" style player at safety, the 6-1, 210-pound Burton lists some impressive measurables with a 300-pound bench press and a 500-pound squat. He has a 39-inch vertical jump and is in the 4.5 range in the forty. Besides his tackles this season he had a forced fumble and three fumble recoveries.

"I think I play with physicality and I like to think I play fast," Burton said of his style. "I'm a student of the game and I love football. I try to play smart and watch lots of tape and be prepared for the opponent. I know that approach has led to the big plays I've been able to make."

Watching Burton on tape from this season matches his self description as so many times he will come from the other side of the field or to the line of scrimmage to make a big hit on an opposing ball carrier. In coverage, he breaks up many more passes by hitting the receiver rather than playing the ball.

He acknowledges the offenses in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference and how that helps mold you as a defender that can play at the next level. "The offenses in this league are high powered," he said. "You have to be a pretty good football player to hang in this league and have any success on defense."

Burton came out of Longview High School in East Texas and had a goal of making it to a certain level of schools, and Oklahoma State made his list.

"I feel like this is a great opportunity and I feel like a huge weight has been taken off my shoulders in getting this process done," Burton added. "When I came out of Longview, Oklahoma State was one of the schools I had the goal of going to after junior college and I felt like when I had the opportunity then I had to take it and run."

Burton was reported to be a Memphis commitment at one point. He had a variety of offers and was recruited by the likes of Arizona State, Kansas, Iowa State, Minnesota, Texas Tech, Tulsa, and Louisiana-Lafayette.

Burton makes for the 16th commitment in the recruiting class for Oklahoma State, and the eighth on the defensive side of the football.

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