Braxton Burmeister to Arizona: Wildcats Land 4-Star QB Prospect

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 13, 2016

Credit: 247Sports

After reopening his recruitment, quarterback Braxton Burmeister of the 2017 class committed to play for Arizona on Friday. 

Adam Gorney of Rivals reported the news, while College Spun passed along video of Burmeister's commitment: 

The Spun @TheSpun

Braxton Burmeister commits to Arizona via Periscope https://t.co/PM5LW4mlho

According to 247Sports' composite rankings, the La Jolla, California, native is a 4-star prospect who rates as the No. 9 dual-threat quarterback, the No. 30 player from the state of California and the No. 260 overall recruit nationally.

Burmeister initially committed to play at Arizona in 2014, but he changed his mind in March and decided to make himself available to other schools after a fantastic junior season for La Jolla Country Day High School:

While the Wildcats remained in the mix, Burmeister's change of heart put other schools such as Utah, Washington and Indiana back in the running as well, per 247Sports.

The 6'1", 211-pound signal-caller did it all for his high school team as a junior and gave himself an opportunity to garner even more interest from top schools across the nation.

According to MaxPreps, Burmeister threw for 2,771 yards, 31 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2015 to go along with an additional 868 yards and 20 scores on the ground.

That dual-threat ability made Burmeister an attractive recruit to many of the nation's top programs, as did his performance at the Elite 11.

Bleacher Report's Damon Sayles provided a look at Burmeister's explosive dropback and quick release from the event:

Damon Sayles @DamonSayles

Braxton Burmeister (@Braxton1B) doing the things that'll make #BearDown fans happy. Nice throw. #Elite11 https://t.co/23bs8o9lPH

ESPN.com's Erik McKinney also captured a great throw from Burmeister that showed off his impressive arm strength:

Erik McKinney @ErikTMcKinney

Arizona QB commit and #ESPNJr300 prospect Braxton Burmeister https://t.co/dgZt0Re7T9

The learning curve can be steep for young signal-callers who make the leap from high school to college, but Burmeister's skill set suggests he could be a superstar.

Even if he needs further development when it comes to reading defenses and anticipating his receivers' patterns, Burmeister has a chance to be effective as a young player because of his legs.

Burmeister's speed and elusiveness have bailed him out often throughout his high school career, and they should serve him well at the next level too.

Sitting and learning for at least one year may be the best course of action for Burmeister, though, as further development from a passing perspective would give him a better opportunity to excel.

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