Some compare Braxton Burmeister to Heisman Trophy Winner Johnny Manziel

We caught up with Oregon commit Braxton Burmeister, the 4-star quarterback from La Jolla, Calif. Burmeister signed a letter of intent to Oregon on Feb. 1, and now is looking forward to enrolling at Oregon.

Congrats on the Duck commitment! Can I ask you a few questions?

BB: Sure!

Who was the main coach(s) that recruited you from the Ducks? When did they first make contact?

BB: Coach Taggart and Coach Dougherty. Coach Dougherty contacted me the first day he got to Eugene, and Coach T contacted me the next day, and offered me.

Wow they were on you right away, making you a priority, can you tell me what those first few conversations were like?

BB: They were great, we clicked early on. I could tell he wasn't only a great coach but a great person too.

When they first offered you, what was the initial reaction? What was going on in your head?

BB: I was excited, Oregon has been my dream school.

How old were you when you began to feel this way, and was there a reason they were your dream school?

BB: Probably around 4th or 5th grade, and because of the flashy colors, excitement, and speed of the program.

Did the previous staff not reach out to you?

BB: No sir, Well a little bit but not really.

It’s funny I have been coaching youth football for a few years in SoCal, I can’t believe how many kids like the Ducks so much at such a young age.

BB: Yes sir it's crazy! That's how I was, I liked Florida and Oregon.

What type of conversations did you have with yourself? With others, who was involved in this process?

BB: It was very hard for me, I was kind of back and forth for a while. My parents and brother were involved, but they told me that it was my decision, and I'm the one that would be attending the school I chose. I thought about it a lot, and realized that I needed to do what I believed was best for me and my future. I took a few days to let it settle, and my stomach was still in knots because I did have a very close relationship with the Arizona staff. But when it was all said and done I couldn't be happier with my decision.

I imagine it was very stressful? Can you take us behind the curtain for those 24-36 hours before announcing that you had switched your commitment?

BB: I was just talking with both the Oregon and Arizona staff a lot, explaining my decision, and then figuring out the best way to go about letting others know.

I understand if you don't want to go into great detail, but how does that conversation go with Coach Rodriguez?

BB: He was understanding, but wanted me to take my time to make sure I was making the right decision.

Your HUDL tap is impressive, you kind of remind me of a bigger Johnny Manziel, is that accurate or am I way off? You must have heard that before?

(Laughs) yes I have heard that. I love Johnny on the field, probably my favorite quarterback of all time.

Did you know Johnny Manziel was a commitment to the Ducks, along with Marcus Mariota class before de-committing and going to A&M instead?

BB: I knew that! That’s crazy!

Did you talk with any recruits while you were deciding if you wanted to commit to Oregon? If so, what were those conversations like?

BB: Yeah, Thomas Graham and Darrian McNeal. I have known them for a while, so they were just telling me how great it was and all that.

Did you ever take an official visit to Oregon? Are you close to Cody Shear?

I did the weekend after I announced, and yes, I talked to him the days leading up to signing day.

What your current height and weight? What would you like to weigh your first season? Would you like to redshirt?

BB: 6-1, 213; I am fine at that weight. I want to compete, then see how things play out.

Are you close to former Duck great, Akili Smith?

BB: Yes sir, very close.

Thanks for your time, nice chatting with you.

BB: Thank you!


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