By LARRY VAUGHT
Frederick Douglass offensive lineman Jager Burton, the state’s top-rated player in the 2021 recruiting class, decided to delay his scheduled Aug 24th commitment announcement in hopes that he could still make official visits to Kentucky, Ohio State, Oregon, Alabama and Clemson before making his college decision.
However, his ties to Kentucky still remain strong.
He’s trained with UK senior center Drake Jackson. He talked with UK senior offensive tackle Landon Young and knows freshman quarterback Beau Allen. His current teammate, Dekel Crowdus, has verbally committed to UK.
“But I’ve also seen what Jed (Wills of Lexington Lafayette) did at Alabama (to become a first-round draft pick). My (high school teammate) Walker Parks is going to Clemson,” Burton said. “So you can look at what other players you know have done when they go to a school but you have to realize it could be completely different for you.”
He’s certainly from a football family. His father, Jeff, played football at Mercer County and then Morehead. His mother, Teresa, is from Leslie County and was an academic tutor for the football team at Morehead.
“Jeff was a frequent flier (attending tutoring sessions),” Teresa Burton said. “I was raised in a house full of girls but I liked football and kept following Morehead football because I tutored a lot of those guys.
“In Kentucky, everybody grows up going to UK games. We have been season ticket holders since we got married. Our boys grew up going to Commonwealth Stadium and tailgating. They grew up on the field because their dad coaches at Mercer County, then East Jessamine, then Dunbar.
“I have put them in their (child) carriers and off we went. There have always been players at our house. They just grew up around the game and that’s why Jager loves it so much.”