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Warren's Travis Burley signs to play college football

WARRENTON, Ga. - Travis Burley has been a star football and basketball player for the past three years at Warren County High School.

And now the 18-year-olds talents are taking him to Kansas.

Burley couldn't be happier about being offered a scholarship from Garden City Community College, located in Garden City, Kansas. He will be playing for the Broncbusters and is expected to be become a starter as a freshman.

"It feels great," said Burley, who signed with the college in a ceremony last week at WCHS. "This is something I have wanted for a long, long time. I thank everybody who has helped me get where I have gotten in my life."

Burley helped the Warren County High Screaming Devils capture the 2007 Region 7-A Championship. He played both offense and defense.

In his senior season, Burley caught a total of 28 passes for 641 yards - an average of 23 yards per reception - and scored eight touchdowns. Defensively, Burley recorded 36 tackles and intercepted two passes.

During his junior year, Burley played mostly offense. He caught 14 passes for a total of 230 yards - a 24 yard average per reception - and scored two touchdowns.

Burley becomes the second football player to receive an offer to play college football. Earlier this year, Tommy Seals, the star quarterback and a standout defensive back, signed to play college football next season at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville.

Warren County Football Head Coach Lee Hutto is pleased to have two former players now destined to play college football.

"I'm real excited for these two kids and their families," said Coach Hutto. "I'm extremely proud of Travis and Tommy. I'm sure both of them are going to become real successful someday."

Coach Hutto said he mailed out more than two dozen highlight film clips of Burley to junior colleges all over the United States.

"He drew interests from several of them, including Massachusetts and Minnesota," said Coach Hutto. "Coaches were so impressed from Garden City that they flew in a representative to talk with Travis. They really want him to be a two-sport man for them."

Ms. Burley, who has two other children, Bobby, who also is a senior and is planning to join the U.S. Marines upon graduation and Kathy, a freshman, said she is "extremely proud" of Travis.

"I've always wanted my children to succeed in life and be happy," said Ms. Burley. "I have tears of joy today."

In addition to playing football at Garden City Community College, coaches there also are hoping that the 6-4 Burley will play basketball, too. Burley was an outstanding basketball player during his junior and senior seasons at Warren County High School.

This past season, Burley averaged 13.3 points per game, grabbed 11 rebounds per game and averaged five blocks per game. He recorded 12 double doubles and shot 58 percent from the field, while averaging a pair of dunks each game. Burley concluded his senior season scoring 17 points, 20 rebounds and six blocked shots against Whitefield Academy in the Georgia Class A State Basketball Playoffs.

Burley also was impressive during his junior season in basketball. He averaged 15 points per game, 10 rebounds and had five blocked shots per game. He had 12 double doubles and a triple double vs. Greene County. He scored a career-high vs. Lincoln County - 34 points.

"I'm thinking about playing basketball in college, too," said Burley.

Web posted on Thursday, March 27, 2008

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