On Sunday, the TCU Horned Frogs received some good news when they found out that ESPN’s College Gameday had chosen Fort Worth to be the host site for this upcoming Saturday’s matchup with West Virginia. Hosting Gameday is an acknowledgment that your team is playing in one of, if not the, premiere game of the week, and more often than not, it signifies elite status. That alone, would have been enough for a great Sunday for TCU, but the good news didn’t stop there. Three-star offensive lineman Ian Burnette out of Wimberley, TX committed to TCU and gave Horned Frog fans even more to be excited about.
— Ian Burnette (@iburn66) October 1, 2017
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Burnette is the 19th commitment in TCU’s 2018 class and the fifth offensive lineman. He joins Anthony McKinney, Kris Dike, John Lanz, and Esteban Avila as offensive lineman commits for TCU. Burnette is the 12th commit from the state of Texas for TCU, which is consistent with how TCU tries to build their recruiting classes. Gary Patterson and his staff put an emphasis on hitting Texas the hardest, and rightfully so with the amount of talent the state produces on a yearly basis. Burnette’s commitment gives TCU the 18th ranked recruiting class in the country, as well as the third best class in the Big 12.
Burnette picked the Horned Frogs over 11 other offers, including offers from Missouri, Ole Miss, Boise State, Arizona, Houston, and SMU. Burnette recently visited TCU when the Horned Frogs squared off against SMU. Two of TCU’s best recruiters in Chad Glasgow and Jarrett Anderson deserve the credit on spearheading this recruitment. Anderson, as the former offensive line coach for the Frogs, was able to help bring in this crucial piece to the recruiting puzzle for TCU.
On the field, Burnette shows a great blend of athleticism and strength. While most of his film shows him playing tackle, he will almost certainly move inside to guard at the next level, which should be a perfect fit for him. One of the best things you see on film from Burnette is his ability to pull with fluidity. Burnette is an above-average athlete, running a sub 5.0 second forty yard dash, and should slot in perfectly as a pulling guard.
Another thing you love to see from Burnette is his ability to finish plays. He plays to the whistle and unfortunately for a lot of his opponents that means they end up on their back. Like most offensive lineman he would benefit from having a redshirt year to add some more good weight. His ceiling comparison is Kevin Zeitler of the Cincinnati Bengals.