Transfer Tracker: UCLA OT Jake Burton lands at Baylor
The Transfer Portal has changed the landscape of college football. So at Rivals we bring you the Transfer Tracker, where we analyze players entering the portal and rate them on what kind of impact they could make at their new home.
AS A RECRUIT
A tall, long defensive lineman in high school, Burton initially committed to Arizona, only to flip to UCLA just a few weeks before Signing Day in 2016.
Even though he was recruited to rush the passer, a coaching change led to to a change of positions for Burton and he moved to offensive line. After an up and down year in 2018, in which he logged 753 snaps and allowed five sacks, Burton settled in to his role very nicely in 2019. He started every game for the Bruins at right tackle and graded out as one of the Pac-12's better overall linemen, according to Pro Football Focus. Burtonw as slated to return for his senior season, but entered the portal after the Pac-12 moved its season to the spring. He quickly landed at Baylor, where he's expected to compete for playing time right away.
“Burton is an experienced tackle who should be a great fit at Baylor, especially at right tackle. He can also play inside and provide depth. We scouted him as a big defensive end out of high school so the change to offensive is a bit of a surprise.” -- National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell
Impact Rating: 7.1 out of 10
The Transfer Portal continues to change the way college football programs recruit and mange their rosters so we here at Rivals.com continue to evolve our coverage. Each time a player of note enters the portal, we will examine their potential impact on the college football landscape and assign an impact rating, both when they enter the portal and when they choose a destination. The scale is from 1-10 and the description below explains the scoring scale.
1.1-4.0 — Not a big impact expected, likely a non-starter and down the bench depth player.
4.1- 6.0 — A solid impact can be expected in the right scenario and has the potential to battle for a starting job.
6.1-9.0. — A high impact player who won’t change a program but will certainly be a very good contributor and starter.
9.1- 9.9 — A very high impact player who should start the moment he steps on the field and will change the outlook of a program immediately.
10 — A franchise transfer who has a chance to be an All American and one of the elite players in college football.