Tide commitment talks decision

Artie Burns, cornerback from Miami-Northwestern, Fla., decided to pull the trigger Wednesday night in favor of the Crimson Tide. The 2013 defender will join his 2012 teammate Amari Cooper in Tuscaloosa.

"I committed to Alabama last night," said Artie Burns. "I talked to coach Saban. He told me he thinks it's fantastic I chose to come to Alabama.

"Alabama is the right choice for my future. They will provide me with a great education. I plan on majoring in Business. I like the way coach Saban coaches his DBs."

Burns attended the Alabama-LSU game last month in Tuscaloosa.

"I went up there for the LSU game, and the environment was crazy," he said. "I like the way the fans supported the team."

Amari Cooper will sign with the Tide in February, and will welcome his current and future teammate at the Capstone.

"We have a good bond," Burns said of Cooper. "Us playing with each other is going to be great because we are going to be playing on a bigger stage."

Burns also plans to run track at Alabama. He plans to compete in the 400m hurdles.

The 6-foot-1, 182-pound prospect had more than 40 tackles in 2011, two interceptions and eight knockdown passes.

Burns also reported scholarship offers from Florida State and Miami. Florida and West Virginia have been showing a lot of interest.

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