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Former BYU, Box Elder running back Riley Burt is coming home to Utah State

By Sean Walker, | Posted - Feb. 6, 2019 at 9:53 a.m.

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LOGAN — Riley Burt is coming home.

Well, sort of. And maybe.

The former Box Elder High standout from Mantua made known the intentions of his graduate transfer Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA’s national signing period.

He’ll play his final season of eligibility in Cache Valley.

After playing three seasons in four years at BYU, Burt committed to Utah State and coach Gary Andersen on Wednesday, securing his final season of eligibility with the Aggies, he mentioned on Twitter.

Burt's move wasn't confirmed by Utah State during Wednesday's National Signing Day, and the tailback wouldn't be able to officially move until April, when he completes his classes and receives his diploma from BYU, according to a spokesman from the BYU athletic department.

In three seasons at BYU, Burt ran for 513 yards and three touchdowns, but played sparingly prior to the 2018 season. As a junior, he rushed for 323 yards and two scores on 59 carries, and was set to become the No. 2 returning back at BYU, just behind former American Fork standout Lopini Katoa.

Burt’s best game in a BYU uniform was his last, when he rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in the Cougars’ 49-18 win over Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. He was set to take on an even larger role with the team in his senior season, after the departures of graduated seniors Squally Canada and Matt Hadley, among others.

Burt was a three-star recruit by 247 Sports and coming out of Box Elder, when he rushed for 1,109 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior. He selected BYU over offers from Utah State, Utah, UNLV, Boise State and San Diego State at the time. And although he played in eight games as a freshman in 2015, he missed the entire 2016 season and much of 2017 with injuries.

He previously took a recruiting visit to UNLV before committing to the Aggies.

Burt joins the Aggies’ recruiting class as a graduate transfer, moving to Logan with former prep standouts like Orem’s Cooper Legas, Highland’s Bronson Olevao, Davis’ Garrett Larson and Timpview’s Kaleo Neves, among others.

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