It wasn't the ideal game for a prospective recruit to take in.
Then again, Jon Burnley is used to seeing his team on the wrong end of the scoreboard.
The 6-foot, 185-pound running back made an official visit to Laramie last weekend—only to see the Cowboys get blown out by the BYU Cougars in an ugly 35-10 thrashing.
For Burnley, a senior at Palmer High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., it was a familiar scenario. Billed by recruiting experts as a big-play player on an underachieving team, Burnley rolled up a 1,500-yard season in 2007 while his HS squad finished with a 3-7 record.
"That is how I feel," he told CowboyBlitz.com last week. "I mean, I don't like to admit that my team's horrible, but…"
Burnley holds just one scholarship offer, from Wyoming, but he has garnered serious attention from New Mexico, Idaho and Montana.
"CSU (Colorado State) and CU (Colorado) used to (be in contact)," he said, "but they haven't talked to me in a little bit."
His stock would likely be higher had his team put together a more successful season, but Burnley is staying patient with the recruiting process.
"I'm pretty high on Wyoming," he said, "but I'm still going to keep my options open. I'm going to take a couple more visits…up to Idaho and New Mexico."
After earning second-team All-State honors as a junior, Burnley sent film to each college that had shown him interest, and the Cowboys responded by extending the athletic tailback a scholarship this summer.
"They offered me a full ride," he said, "to play running back."
Since then, the Pokes have been on an up-and-down rollercoaster season that ended with six losses in just seven weeks after opening the year with a 4-1 record. Fortunately for Cowboys fans, the team's inconsistency doesn't bother Burnley.
"I talked to the players, and they basically explained why their season went the way it did," he said. "And I've been on a team, well the last year and my junior year, that's struggled a lot, so I kind of understand it."
Considering that his visit happened to fall on the Pokes' worst home loss of the season, Burnley's trip to the Cowboy State was as successful as Wyoming could have hoped.
"I had a real good time," he said. "The players were real nice; I liked them a lot. I could see myself going there."
Burnley reports a 4.5 forty time and a max bench of 285 pounds. His host during his visit was UW wide receiver and Colorado native Greg Bolling.
Burnley Takes in Loss, Still Likes Wyoming
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