Austin Burton finds new home at Purdue

Austin Burton's football journey has taken him many places.

Posted: May 7, 2020 5:31 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Austin Burton's football journey has taken him many places.

"Boston to LA to West Lafayette," Burton said. "No I can't say I imagined it going that way."

Imagine attending a college you've never visited.

"That was the weirdest part for me," Burton said.

Burton took a long and different way to Purdue. 

"It looks amazing," Burton said. I think the facility is only a couple years old. The locker room looks unbelievable. The whole aspect of it is nuts. It's nothing like I've seen before."

Burton has yet to see Purdue's facility and locker room in person because of the coronavirus pandemic. The quarterback entered the transfer portal on March 3rd. Soon after, the NCAA suspended all on-campus recruiting. 

But Burton's parents made the trip.

"He (father Steve) called me the second after he left and said this is the spot Austin," Burton said.

Steve and Ginni came to West Lafayette during the Big Ten women's basketball tournament. Burton's younger sister Veronica plays for Northwestern.

Burton's mom was an All-American swimmer at Northwestern and his dad was a quarterback for the Wildcats. The former QB is now a sports anchor in Boston. 

While Steve covered and completed passes with Tom Brady, Austin grew up watching and idolizing TB12.

"Just his confidence in himself," Burton said. "He always knew he could be the guy and that's something I admire most."

Burton also admires Jeff Brohm. Burton is ready to learn from the Purdue head coach and play in an offense which ranked 12th in the nation in passing a season ago.

"He brings a lot of energy," Burton said. "He's excited and passionate about what he does. He just had me immediately locked in and I knew I wanted to play for that guy."

Burton only made one start over his three year career with the Bruins. With two years of eligibility left, he'll try to prove Brohm why he's right guy to lead the Boilermakers under center.

"The one thing he promised is an opportunity to become the starter if you want it and that's how it should be," Burton said. "You have to earn it."

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