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October 12, 2013

Auburn legacy commits

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AUBURN | Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) receiver Myron Burton has made his decision.

After receiving an offer from Auburn 11 days ago, Burton visited the Plains on Saturday with his family. The possibility of committing was there for Burton, but it wasn't a formality.

However, by the time Burton left campus, there was no holding back. Burton's mind was made up.

"I feel relieved," Burton told AuburnSports.com. "Being with my family, it's a big load off my chest. There's no hesitation."

Burton committed to Auburn over offers from Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech among others.

[IMPACT ANALYSIS: Burton's game physical by nature]

One important factor in Burton's decision was Auburn's willingness to play freshman all season, including starting a true freshman at quarterback in Jeremy Johnson against Western Carolina.

"(Gus Malzahn) plays freshman, they aren't scared to play guys early. Everybody got the chance to play, everybody," Burton said.

"He did great. Jeremy did great, that was awesome. He was precise, on point, he did great."

Burton's lead recruiter was Auburn receivers' coach Dameyune Craig. Their relationship as grown since Burton's impressive performance this summer. Craig continued to evaluate Burton and remained straight-forward throughout the process until an offer was extended.

"(Coach Craig) was honest the whole time he was recruiting me," Burton said. "I couldn't ask for a better coach, the best coach that's recruiting me. I'm done, now it's done."

The entire Auburn coaching staff gave Burton a sense of comfort that the Tigers' program was in good hands for years to come.

"They tell me what they are doing before they do it, and they show me everything that's going on, we're going to be good with everybody coming in, we're going to be really good," Burton said.

Burton projects as a slot receiver on the Plains. He's 6-foot-1, 200-pounds.

Auburn commits Stanton Truitt and Nicholas Ruffin also impacted Burton's decision. The three are friends and the opportunity to play together in college is a unique one.

"Me, Stanton, Nick Ruffin, we're all cool. We're good friends," Burton said.

Burton's father, Myron Burton Sr., played at Auburn in 1993. There's no question the Auburn pedigree that runs in Burton's family played a role in the younger Burton's decision.

"It's an Auburn legacy. It was my decision at the end of the day. There was some pressure, sure, but at the end of the day, Auburn was my home," said Burton.

"I told my dad. He told me, "'go ahead and do it.'"

Burton will return to Auburn for either the Georgia or Alabama games. Burton hasn't decided on official visits moving forward.

Burton is commitment No. 16 for the Class of 2014. He's the No. 83 overall receiver nationally.

Twitter: @JHokanson



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