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BYU Football Recruiting: Q & A with new Cougar commit Riley Burt

I sat down with 2015 BYU commit Riley Burt to ask him some questions about his commitment

Riley Burt currently plays both running back and corner back for the Box Elder Bees.
Riley Burt currently plays both running back and corner back for the Box Elder Bees.
Paul Greenhalgh

Riley Burt plays running back and cornerback for the Box Elder High School Bees in Brigham City, (northern) Utah. Burt is an all-around athlete who could see the field at multiple positions on each side of the ball.

Paul Greenhalgh: You were born in Alabama. How did you end up in Mantua, Utah?

Riley Burt: I was adopted when I was one. I grew up in Brigham, then came up to Mantua.

PG: What helped you decide to commit to BYU?

RB: The coaches are really nice. My family helped me a lot. I don't know, it's just one of the better schools and it's where I wanted to go.

PG: What has the recruiting process been like for you?

RB: It's been long. BYU, they talked to me probably since the first of my sophomore year. So they've been talking to me for a while. It's been fun; all the games you get to go to, the practices, the coaches you get to meet, and the players. It's been cool.

PG: What other schools have been recruiting you?

RB: Utah, Utah State, BYU obviously, Boise State, local ones, UNLV.

PG: Have you made your official visit to BYU yet? If not, do you plan it and when?

RB: Nope, I have not.

PG: Do you plan on making an official visit still?

RB: Yah.

PG: Do you know anybody else on the team or any of the other commits yet?

RB: I know Dayan. Me and Dayan are really good friends. Kody Wilstead, the Pine View quarterback, he was on my seven-on-seven team for Las Vegas. He's really good.

PG: How do you expect to contribute to the team?

RB: I don't know. I don't have a specific position yet, but I'm an athlete and I'll be able to play what they want me to and do good at it.

PG: Do you anticipate playing defensive back or running back?

RB: I don't know. Whatever they want me to. I'm good with both.

PG: How long have you been on the defensive side of the ball?

RB: Five games. Not very long. I'm not too familiar with it yet.

PG: How do you like it though?

RB: I like it. I think it's fun. Corner is cool.

PG: What do you think that BYU, both the school and the football program, offer you?

RB: Great coaching; very good coaching. The coaches care about you, as a player and as a person after college. I think the school will be great and a good program.

PG: What are you looking forward to most at BYU?

RB: Playing football. I'm really excited to play football. Meet new people.

PG: How does BYU fit into your long-term plans?

RB: It's just going to prepare me for life and whatever I decide to go into. I'm sure they are good at what they do.

PG: Do you know what you want to study?

RB: I'm not sure.

PG: What about a mission? Do you have any thoughts about going on a mission?

RB: Yah, I'm not for sure yet. I don't know yet. I've thought about it.

PG: What coaches worked with you through the recruiting process at BYU?

RB: Coach Howell a lot, he's been the main one. The running backs coach Atauia, he's been there.

PG: Nick Howell and Geoff Martzen, the Recruiting Coordinator, have been hyping your class up on Twitter with #2015thechosenones, #noflyzone, and #lockupthebeehive what do you think about that?

RB: I think we definitely have all the best players in Utah committed to BYU. I think we got the best class.

PG: You come from a Utah family, right? What does your family think about your commitment to play for BYU?

RB: I think they think it is awesome. I think it is where they wanted me to go. I think it all worked out good.

PG: You run track now, is that something you would like to do at BYU as well?

RB: I think so. I'm not for sure yet. I've gotten a couple letters for track from other different schools. Still getting' them.

PG: What events do you run?

RB: The one and the two. I also did the shot put this year.

PG: Tell me something interesting or unique about yourself.

RB: I don't know. I love football.

PG: Maybe a better question would be, outside of football what do you like to do with your time?

RB: Ride dirt bikes, play video games. Classic teenager I guess.