Burtnett a name to watch

Springtown, Texas tight end Bryson Burtnett is starting to hear from several programs. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder is just scratching the surface on his potential.

It's been a few years since Springtown, Texas has sent a player to the D-1 level; the last was 2008 prospect Al Owens who signed with Vanderbilt. However, that could change with 2013 prospect Bryson Burtnett.

In terms of reaching potential, Burtnett is just scratching the surface. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder played primarily on defense for the Porcupines in 2011 but when he had the opportunity to play offense the results opened eyes; four touches, four scores.

Burtnett is also one of the top hurdlers in the area, boasting a 40.25 in the 300-meter hurdles. With good size and speed, the coaches at Springtown will be utilizing Burtnett's athleticism more on the offensive side of the ball as a receiver/tight end in 2012. In a Brad Turner coached offense, expect Burtnett's numbers to skyrocket as a senior.

As expected, several colleges are starting to take notice of the rising prospect. Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Rice are among the schools showing interest in the tight end.

"It's going good, I've been talking to a couple of schools; I've talked to Rice, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State," Burtnett said. "Those are the three main ones I'm talking to. Coach Dunn and Coach Cumbie are looking at me as kind of an H-back player."

Although most programs are eyeing him as an offensive weapon, Burtnett says it doesn't really matter which side of the ball he plays on at the next level. He does admit he likes contact but will play any positions he's needed to so he can reach his ultimate goal.

"The position doesn't matter, I like hitting people," Burtnett said. "I like catching the ball but I also like to find people to hit.

"My goal is to play Division 1 football, wherever they need me I'll play."

Burtnett has attended a junior day at Oklahoma State and will attend Texas Tech's spring game and junior day this weekend. Over the course of the summer, he plans to hit several camps.

"Starting June 4th I'm going to a Texas Tech camp and the 9th I talked with Coach Dunn from Oklahoma State last night and they invited me up to their "invite" only camp," Burtnett said. "For the whole month I have about five or six I'm going to."

As for the local team, TCU, Burtnett says he has received letters and camp information from the school. He says the Frogs are definitely a team he'd like to hear more from, especially since one of his family friends played there.

"I've got letters from them, I really like TCU," he said. "One of my friends, Colin Jones played there and now he plays for the 49ers."

Just as he's scratching the surface on his potential, Burtnett's recruitment is just starting to take off. He doesn't have a true favorite at the moment and is open to anyone. Well, anyone within two states from home.

"I'm open to everyone, I like Oklahoma State because of their vet program also," Burtnett said. "They have a very prestigious vet program and that's what I'd like to do. I don't want to be too far off; I love my family and love getting to see them all of the time. Maybe a couple states away, but nowhere too far off."

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