In a few weeks Trey Burton will be making the biggest move of his life. He’s leaving behind the easy, celebrity life of being quarterback at Venice High and moving up to Gainesville to be a part of Florida’s quarterback family.
“High school was an awesome time — the best four years of my life,” Burton said. “I wouldn’t go back and change anything. I had an awesome experience.
“I’m glad I met the people that I met and now, I’m ready to go to college and do the best I can in college.”
He’ll be getting a head start on Florida’s offense by enrolling early and getting to play some spring ball. That’s huge for players these days, especially quarterbacks. Burton has been the subject of criticism from some this year because of his ability to play quarterback. Sure, he can run with the best of them (he ran the 4x100m in high school), but his arm was suspect at times. He’s been one of Florida’s biggest recruiters, but there was concern if he would ever make it as a player at UF.
Well, Florida’s coaches offered him a scholarship for a reason, and he’ll be on campus soon. He has never wavered on his commitment and never visited other schools after committing to Florida last summer. His mechanics need some work, but he’s the first to admit that. He knows where he needs to improve, but he also knows the game very well. He’s smart enough to quickly learn what’s thrown at him.
While on his official visit last weekend, Burton got to spend a lot of time with quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler. The two talked offense and his future. Burton said Loeffler considers him his “new project” and that they have a lot of work to do this spring, but Burton is excited about what he’ll learn in the coming months.
Burton said Loeffler doesn’t want him to come in with any tweaks to his game. He wants to start from scratch with him and help him through his new development. Loeffler knows what he can do with his feet, but Burton didn’t hesitate when I asked him what the two will be spending the most time on this spring.
“Throwing, of course,” he said. “That’s my biggest weakness — throwing — so that’s what we’re going to work on.”
As a junior, Burton threw for 1,699 yards and 19 touchdowns and ran for 1,173 yards and 28 touchdowns.