Austin Burton

QB Austin Burton Talks about Decision to Flip to UCLA

Aug. 22 -- West Orange (Fla.) quarterback Austin Burton talked on Monday afternoon about his decision to flip from Boston College to UCLA...

This is not the first time UCLA stole the thunder from Boston College in recruiting quarterback Austin Burton.

Burton, who is 6-foot-3, 203 pounds, flipped his commitment from Boston College to UCLA, giving the Bruins the quarterback they offered 90 minutes after he committed to Boston College in early July.

"I am committed to UCLA," said Burton, who plays at Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange. "I loved everything about it, right from when I got on campus, to meeting all the coaches and just everything. The whole vibe from the school I loved, and I knew I wanted to play there."

When Burton was offered by the Bruins after his Boston College commitment, he made it known he like the Bruins and was excited about the offer.

He already had camped at UCLA, and he was eager to hear the news. Knowing he will now play for UCLA had him giddy Monday night.

"I've always played in a spread offense, and they run a spread offense with a great pro-style quarterback," Burton said. "I'm big into making reads and throwing the ball on time. They incorporate all those kinds of philosophies and ideas. I've watched numerous games of UCLA and that is the type of offense I should be playing in."

Since visiting UCLA in the summer, Burton held UCLA in high regard.

"I also visited some other schools in California and went to camps," he said. "My last day was at UCLA and that was by far, no question, my favorite school of all of them.

"I went to USC and Oregon, but UCLA was beautiful. The coaches were awesome and I fell in love with it."

Burton, who spent his first two years at Newton Centre (Mass.) Newton South, said his relationship with UCLA passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo.

"That definitely set the foundation for everything," Burton said. "He's a great coach. The offense is great. They have Josh Rosen now, who's an unbelievable quarterback, but I think it's a good fit for me. I like the offense a lot. That's why I picked UCLA."

Burton added he watched film on Tuiasosopo and respects and appreciates his talent as a player, and also the type of coach he will be.

"Right from camp, I got to know him pretty well," Burton said. "We were talking a lot and since camp we have been talking a good amount, too. He has a really cool vibe to him and he's a great guy. He's calm and (has) high character, and he's definitely someone I want to play under. He's a great coach."

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