Artie Burns talks future in T-town

Artie Burns, cornerback from Miami-Northwestern, Fla., committed to the University of Alabama in December. He is one of the top defensive backs in the Sunshine State in the class of 2013. He will join former teammate, Amari Cooper, in Tuscaloosa with plans of an early arrival.

"I plan on graduating early," said Artie Burns. "I plan on being at Alabama next January. I haven't been able to get up there since the season. I plan on attending the spring game.

"I have been keeping in touch with the coaches. I have been calling coach Stoutland. He came down here a few weeks ago."

Burns watched his future team win their second BCS National Championship in three years.

"It was really good for them," Burns said of the Tide's victory. "It was great for the program. They worked hard for it. I was very happy for them.

"It feels good knowing I am going there next year. It felt very good as a recruit knowing I am going to be a part of it. Not many people have an offer from them. I have an offer, plus I am committed. It's great."

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound defensive back turned down offers from Florida St and Miami to join the Tide. He does not plan to take any other visits.

Burns is preparing for track season where he will compete in the 200m and 400m hurdles. Burns also plans to run track at Alabama.


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