Ryder Burton is the newest recruit to commit to play for BYU football. He announced his commitment last week (May 6, 2022), as reported on Twitter:
I am so grateful for the opportunity to continue to play the sport I love. I am thankful for my Savior, my family and all who have helped me get to where I am today. Thank you @CoachRoderick @kalanifsitake and @CoachMeetch for believing in me as a player and a leader. pic.twitter.com/Rr8274n9Y1
— Ryder Burton (@RyderBurton5) May 7, 2022
Burton is a 6-foot-2 180-pound quarterback that preps at Springville High School (Springville, Utah), where as a junior he went 156-of-243 for 2300 yards and 25 touchdowns, with 12 interceptions and one rushing touchdown (MaxPreps). He led the Red Devils to the 5A state championship game.
Burton also plays on the Springville basketball team and was a scholar-leader-athlete selection for the Nebo school district in 2022 (Nebo.edu). He has trained for former BYU quarterback John Beck.
Burton is rated 3-stars by 247Sports (81), who have him as the no. 29 overall recruit from Utah for the class of 2023. He has seen recruiting interest from Nevada, San Jose State, Southern Utah, UCLA, Utah, Washington State, and Weber State.
I caught up with Burton to ask him about his recruiting.
BYU Insider: Why did you choose BYU?
Burton: BYU is the perfect fit for my skill set. My arm talent and mobility fit coach Roderick’s system really well.
BYU Insider: What are some of your favorites?
Burton: My favorite music artists are Bryson Tiller, J. Cole, Laryn Hill, and Jay Z
BYU Insider: Who is a current player that you seek to emulate on the field?
Burton: Bryce Young (Alabama quarterback) is a current college player that I spend a lot of time watching. His calmness in the pocket and his ability to be sudden and quick in his lower half, yet keep his top half smooth, is incredible.
Burton joins receiver Pokaiaua Haunga, and defensive linemen Stanley Raass and Emmanuel Waller as the fourth commit in the BYU Class of 2023. He also joins fellow Springville high commits WR/DB Cole Clement (c/o 2022), DE Porter Small (c/o 2022), and DT Dallin Johnson (c/o 2024).
The last quarterback to join BYU on scholarship was Sol-Jay Maiava-Peters in the Class of 2020. However, the Cougs have also signed transfer walk-ons Nick Billoups (Utah), Cade Fennegan (Boise State), and received commits from two 2022 quarterbacks that will be joining the Cougs as “athletes”–4A MVP Kaden Cox and Roy track star Parker Kingston.
Burton plans to sign during the early signing period and will join the Cougs on scholarship in January 2023.