Brent Burnette ended weeks of speculation on Monday, the decorated Maryville High School quarterback announcing he will sign with Middle Tennessee State University on national signing day on Wednesday.
Burnette directed the Rebels to their fourth consecutive Class 4A state championship in December, Maryville winning its 60th consecutive game in the process. The strong-armed Rebel was named BlueCross Bowl Offensive Most Valuable Player in Maryville’s 28-13 championship game win over Maplewood.
Burnette, named 4A Mr. Football back of the year prior to the championship game, is well acquainted with MTSU’s Floyd Stadium and the Blue Raiders’ facilities. It wasn’t until an official visit to the Murfreesboro campus last week, however, that he made up his mind, Burnette said.
“I really got to know the coaches and the staff,” he said.
The recruiting process has been at times frustrating for the record-setting Rebel quarterback. After early interest from Alabama during the tenure of former Tide coach Mike Shula, interest slowed. As he did during a season that saw the 6-foot-3 senior shatter Maryville school records for touchdowns, yards and completions in a season, Burnette never lost his composure.
“Everything happens for a reason,” Burnette said. “Hopefully, I can go down there, and we can win some championships together.”
Burnette is one of two Rebels expected to sign with Division I schools on Wednesday. Rebel tight end Aaron Douglas, a two-time Mr. Football lineman of the year, is expected to sign with the University of Tennessee.