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84 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Deante Burton


Deante Burton
True Freshman
6-2 | 200
Manhattan, Kan.


Position: Wide Receiver

Previous College: None

Projection: Redshirt

Status: On Scholarship

Deante Burton (b. July 12, 1994) might be, in my not-so-humble opinion, the steal of this recruiting class.

Don't think we landed this player just because he's a homebody who wanted to keep living in his hometown. His film tells a different story. We had to fight some people off for this kid, including Oklahoma State, UCLA and USF.

Although a thumb injury held Burton back for part of his senior season (and possibly helped to keep him under the radar), he bounced back late in the year with his strongest performances.

He runs a legitimate 4.48 40-yard dash, and was a demon on kickoff and punt returns. If Burton sees the field in 2012 at all, that's the most likely spot for him.

He returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown in the 2011 playoffs against Dodge City and totaled two punt return scores on the season.

Burton helped Manhattan to an 11-1 record last season, was first-team All-Centennial League as a senior and earned all-state honors as a defensive back.

He had 20 receptions for 327 yards and five touchdowns, and a pair of interceptions, in 2011, while also collecting 216 rushing yards and three scores on the ground.

Burton also had 244 yards receiving in 2010 with three touchdowns. He was a two-year starter at both wide receiver and defensive back, lettering three seasons for the Indians, who compiled a 30-3 record during that time.