What Does BC QB Commit Think of UCLA Offer?

July 7 -- The 2017 east coast quarterback prospect Austin Burton is committed to Boston College, but will a UCLA offer change his plans?

Austin Burton, a one-time Massachusetts quarterback now playing in Florida, committed to Boston College and figured his recruitment was over.

About 90 minutes after his commitment to the Eagles last week, UCLA offered, and it was not a random decision. Burton camped at UCLA, and he obviously impressed the coaching staff with his performance.

"The UCLA offer means a lot to me," the 6-foot-3, 203-pound Burton said. "It's an honor. I went to their camp and competed really well there. I spent time with the coaches and I got a good feel for their program, and they got a good feel for me."

Burton remains committed to Boston College,  a program he is deeply familiar with since he played at Newton Centre (Mass.) Newton South before transferring to Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange. He knows the struggles of the Eagles, and he believes he could fit into the system well.

"I like Boston College because it's close to home," Burton said. "Plus, it's a great school, and I love the challenge of trying to be a part of turning the program around."


Burton also held offers from Florida International, Florida Atlantic, UMass and New Hampshire. When he was making his school choice, though, factors beyond football played a significant role.

"I want to get a great education," Burton said. "Plus, I definitely want to play in a Power 5 conference at a school that likes to throw the football, which is why I love UCLA as well."

UCLA attempted 510 passes during the 2015 season. Boston College threw the ball 249 times, in one less game.

However, Burton's current focus is on his senior season, and keeping a clear head.

"God has blessed me with doors that are opening in really great programs, which I'm thankful for," he said. "But for now I just want to get back to focusing on my high school season because I owe that to coach (Bob) Head, and I owe it to my teammates at West Orange High School."

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