Coventry High School junior Dusty Burkhart has committed to play football at the University of Akron.



Burkhart, 17, is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver and defensive back in the fall for Comets coach Ed Egan. Burkhart said the Zips recruited him to play wide receiver.



“I felt like U of A is the best for place for me because there coaches made me feel like I was wanted,” Burkhart said. “They have a good environment and they really believe in me as an athlete. I felt a lot of trust within the program.”



Burkhart said he has attended UA football games and is friends with current Zips player Devon Jones, who also starred at Coventry.



“I have followed the renovations and all the buildings that have gone up,” said Burkhart, who plans to major in construction management. “It is a really nice campus and real intriguing to be around.”



Burkhart, who has a 3.4 grade-point average, has earned nine varsity letters – three apiece in football, basketball and track and field. He is a guard in the winter and competes in the 100-meter dash, 200, long jump, and 400 relay in the spring.



UA is the first football team to offer Burkhart a scholarship.