Athlete Spotlight: AJ Burnett, The Time Is Now!
Class of 2021
Syracuse, New York
Dream Scouting Network President & Director of Scouting, Shannon Riley, broke down AJ's film. Here are a few takeaways:
AJ Burnett is a superb 2021 Quarterback prospect who attends Bishop Grimes High School in Syracuse, New York. He has a high football IQ and can make all the throws. AJ has big play ability as a dual threat quarterback. He is a 2 year varsity starter who is a 2 time player of the week in 2018 and 2019. He is also an All CNY performer. For his career he has over 3,000 yards passing. This season he averaged 280 yards a game, leading all 8 man football quarterbacks.
AJ is an excellent athlete with a 6'2" athletic frame. He has solid mechanics, footwork and moves around well in the pocket. He has good arm strength, and a very quick release. He can make all the throws necessary to be a successful collegiate quarterback. He is comfortable under center or in shotgun sets. He has the speed and running ability to go the distance.
He projects as the type of an athlete that many programs are looking for to run today's wide open spread offenses. AJ is also a standout basketball player. He plays small forward and is looking to lead his team to a championship in 2019/2020.
AJ carries a 3.4 GPA. He understands the importance of being a student-athlete. "My parents have always told me since I was 6 that academics always come before sports. Being born on super bowl Sunday 2003, my parents kinda knew I would play football. A yellow Nerf football was my first and favorite toy. Learning a lot about sports helped me decide to major in sports journalism. I know having good grades and the right attitude on and off the field or basketball court is a must to play at the collegiate level and that’s my dream."
AJ's coach and trainer rave about his work ethic. They said you cannot find another student-athlete who will outwork him. They said he is a leader with great character. He will be an asset for any college football program. The Dream Scouting Network is excited to assist him in his recruiting journey!