Brent Burnette
Brent Burnette (courtesy of Rivals)

Colorado football coaches landed a 6-foot-3, 215-pound junior college quarterback, according to a report on on Sunday.

Brent Burnette, who played at Arizona Western Community College this fall verbally committed to the Buffs on Thursday. He reportedly plans to enroll at CU this week.

The Maryville, Tenn., native began his career at Middle Tennessee State where he was a redshirt in 2008 and played in nine games in 2009, throwing the go-ahead touchdown to beat Southern Mississippi in the New Orleans Bowl. In the prep ranks, he led Maryville High School to a 60-0 record and four state championships from 2004-07, throwing for 6,408 yards and 68 touchdowns.

According to an ESPN recruiting analysis, Burnette comes highly touted.

"Burnette is reminiscent of Brady Quinn in terms of overall mechanics and delivery," the recruiting report read. "He is a disciplined, solid pocket passer with excellent overall tools and arm strength as a thrower. He is well groomed and consistent in his methods, and you see the same footwork, balance, ball carriage and delivery."

Burnette played eight games for Arizona Western this fall, a season cut short by a rib injury. He threw for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns with 6 interceptions.

He joins a CU roster that includes only two quarterbacks -- senior-to-be Tyler Hansen and redshirt freshman Nick Hirschman. Burnette will have two years of eligibility at CU.


"What I think I do really well is lead a team," Burnett told Rivals. "All the individual stuff is not important to me. I think winning is what separates me from a lot of quarterbacks. And I think I can make any throw that there is to make on the football field, whether it is a deep comeback or a deep post. Colorado said they have some talented receivers so that will make it easier for me I come in there."