QB Ryder Burton Speaks On BYU Affinity, Path To Provo
PROVO, Utah – Former Springville High School QB Ryder Burton recently spoke about his path to becoming a Cougar and his plans going forward.
Burton enjoyed a lot of success in high school, but the next level is a different beast. Burton said he’s ready for the jump to college football.
“Looking at the complexity of the offense, BYU is a lot more complex (than Springville High),” Burton said. “It’s not something I’m scared of. I’ve learned it. I’ve taken it in stride. I’m just continuing to grow, develop, and compete everyday.”
Despite growing up in Atlanta, Burton admitted to being a Cougar fan from early on.
“From the time that I can remember,” Burton said. “My pops would be watching the games. Just growing up in a football family, football was always on. BYU, Georgia was always up there. BYU was definitely my favorite as a kid for sure.”
Burton has made his high work ethic apparent. As soon as his high school season ended, Burton began his work with BYU.
“There’s the Kobe (Bryant) story that says, ‘put all of your eggs in one basket and then go to get more eggs’. That’s how I wanted to live my football experience,” Burton said. “The second my season ended, I was here everyday. Two to three hours a night. In the film room, making sure that I understand everything.”
#BYU QBs for 2023
Kedon Slovis – Grad
Jake Retzlaff – Jr.
Sol-Jay Maiava-Peters – Soph.
Cade Fennegan – Soph.
Nick Billoups – Soph.
Ryder Burton – Fr.
Cole Hagen – Fr.#BYUFootball @kslsports
— Mitch Harper (@Mitch_Harper) January 10, 2023
With the recent addition of Kedon Slovis, Burton will likely be a backup for BYU next season.
Ryder Burton led Springville on a magical run
At 6-foot-2, 180-pounds, Burton passed for 2,301 yards last season in his first full year as Springville’s starting QB. He led Springville to an 11-2 record last year and an appearance in the 5A Championship Game against Lehi.
#BYU QB commit @RyderBurton5 made some magic happen during last year’s State Playoffs for Springville High.#BYUFootball @kslsports
— Mitch Harper (@Mitch_Harper) May 7, 2022
Burton pulled off a game-winning touchdown pass to his target Walker Deede for a walk-off touchdown to send Springville into the title game during the State Semifinals.
Burton is BYU’s only scholarship offer, but he also received interest from Washington State, UCLA, Utah, Nevada, San Jose State, Southern Utah, and Weber State.
Since last summer, Burton has been working with former BYU quarterback John Beck at 3DQB, where Zach Wilson and Jaren Hall also train.
Starting to put it all together with @3dqb_SoCal appreciate the help! @bangulo @coachblairp @nick_robins10 @NV_AlecWatt @tysonmcdaniel10 @CoachMattMumme @Coach_Sanford2 @ColeHooverEIU @Matt_Razzano @CoachRHeld @jerretmcelwain @RossApoWR_EZ @SafetyPride @FWhittinghamJr pic.twitter.com/XAQciUWJ5N
— Ryder Burton (@RyderBurton5) April 3, 2022
BYU football adds a QB
Burton is BYU’s first commitment from a high school quarterback since the class of 2020, when the Cougars signed Sol-Jay Maiava-Peters from Washington, D.C. During the 2021 class, BYU added Boise State transfer Cade Fennegan, and in the 2022 cycle, they didn’t sign a signal caller.
BYU joins the Big 12 Conference beginning July 1, 2023. Burton is BYU’s fourth commitment in the class of 2023, joining Timpview’s Pokaiaua Haunga, Skyridge’s Stanley Raass, and Chelsea, Alabama’s Emmanuel Waller.
Chandler Holt is a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter at @ChandlerHoltKSL.
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