In what was an expected decision, Temecula (Calif.) Linfield School corner Lorenzo Burns signed with Arizona on Wednesday.
Not many players have helped themselves in camp settings like Burns did, as he received offers from schools throughout the country.
“I want to show the coaches that I can do it,” Burns said at the time. “I go to a small school, but I’ve been told that it doesn’t matter where you go, as long as you ball out.
“I go to camps to show the coaches that I’m as good as I am on the field in person as I am on film, no matter what talent I’m playing against. I show them that I can move, that I carry myself well. It’s more work that I can get.”
Burns also showed improvement during his senior season as well.
“I’m smarter on the field, when to play off and when to press, recognizing offensive patterns and tendencies and helping out my linebackers and defensive linemen out, while showing the young players on the team what their job is supposed to be because they have to carry on the legacy,” Burns said.
“I feel I have grown and matured mentally on and off the field. I feel more comfortable than I did last year.”
Arizona got a visit from the three-star corner in December and it was then that the Wildcats seemed to significantly separate themselves from the pack.
“Arizona got involved with me awhile back and they have just taken off from here," Burns said at the time. ”They want me to go to Arizona. I just took a visit to Arizona and it went well.
"It gave me a lot of things to think about because they have a plan on how they would use me and it’s a good team to begin with. The coaches are cool. I also still have the Colorado visit coming up.”
Burns would eventually visit Colorado, but the Buffs could not overcome the impression Arizona made on the official visit.
“I would have the opportunity to come in and compete for playing time,” he said. “That would be a dream for me, I would love that chance.
“If I have to redshirt so I can get bigger and stronger, I'm fine with that too but it would be great to play right away."