Auburn football: Impressed with candor of coaching staff, WR commit Myron Burton 'honored' to play for Tigers

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 3, 2014 

Peachtree Ridge athlete Myron Burton


AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn’s coaching staff could have taken any angle it wanted to recruit Myron Burton.

It could have pointed to Burton’s legacy, as his father, Myron Sr., played for the Tigers more than 20 years ago. Or it could have touted its willingness to play freshmen right off the bat. Instead, Auburn decided to do things the old-fashioned way — by going about it in a matter-of-fact, honest manner.

Burton didn’t forget that when he decided to commit last fall.

“I remember when I was at their summer camp and I did really well. They told me they could offer me right there, but there were a couple of things they wanted to look at,” he said in a phone interview on Monday. “But they told me they were originally going to offer me and they stuck with their promise throughout the entire season. So that stood out to me more than the other schools — they actually kept to their word.”

No coach had a bigger hand in bringing Burton to the Plains than Dameyune Craig.

“He was the one who promised they would offer me throughout the season,” Burton said of the Tigers' receivers coach. “Honestly, I’m honored to be coached by Coach Craig. He knows what it takes to get to the next level. He knows what it’s like to play at that level and be successful. I feel like he can do the same thing for me.”

Last season at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Burton caught 54 passes for 673 yards and six touchdowns. While some places have him listed simply as an “athlete,” Burton maintains he’s a receiver through and through.

Why would people have labeled him otherwise?

“I came up through high school playing a lot of safety, linebacker, quarterback,” he said. “But my senior year, I played basically just wide receiver the whole way through.”

When asked to take stock of his own game, Burton declined. Considered a three-star prospect by every major recruiting service, he said it’s not his place to evaluate his strengths and weaknesses.

That’s for the coaching staff to decide.

“They told me that when I get there, they’re going to point out what I do best and what I do worst,” he said. “So right now, I really couldn’t tell you.”

At 6-foot-2 and 198 pounds, Burton said the coaching staff has no reservations about his conditioning. Add those attributes on top of his ability to line up anywhere, and he stands to have a good chance to get on the field immediately.

But Burton knows his playing time will only come as quickly as he picks up the Tigers’ hurry-up, no-huddle scheme.

“(Coaches) have said once I learn the playbook — and they find out what I’m good at and what I can do — I’ll be on the field,” he said.

One thing Burton has wasted no time doing is developing friendships with his future teammates. He considers cornerback Nick Ruffin and fellow receiver Stanton Truitt (an early enrollee) “pretty much brothers” and said he has already discussed rooming with incoming quarterback Sean White.

And in C.J. Uzomah, Burton has an upperclassman whose background resembles his own.

“We pretty much went through the same experience,” he said. “We’re both from Gwinnett (County), our schools (Peachtree Ridge and North Gwinnett, Uzomah’s alma mater) always playing against each other and stuff like that. That was just how we hit it off.”

It’s the same way Burton said he felt comfortable with the coaching staff. He admitted that when he first started to show interest in the Tigers, he fielded questions from others about the dismal 3-9 campaign it had suffered through in 2012.

By the end of last season, those critics had disappeared.

“I just felt a better vibe at Auburn,” Burton said. “Being there and seeing what Coach (Gus) Malzahn brought to the table, I thought he had a great plan for the program. It showed when they made it to the national championship.”

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