Burns' Full Treatment

Fort Smith Northside quarterback Kodi Burns (6-2, 190, 4.57) makes his second unofficial visit to Arkansas in a week, brings along his parents and plans to chat with the state's top offensive lineman before announcing his decision.

After taking his second unofficial visit to the University of Arkansas in less than a week, Fort Smith Northside quarterback Kodi Burns says he is getting closer to naming his college choice.

But Burns (6-2, 190, 4.57) said Wednesday night that while he knows everything he needs to know now about finalists Arkansas and Auburn, he's interested in talking to a big offensive lineman who could be blocking for him in the future.

"I'm kind of waiting to talk to (Rogers offensive lineman) Lee Ziemba once he gets back from Auburn after his visit and see what he is thinking about both places," Burns said. "Then I will probably be ready to announce my decision."

Ziemba (6-7, 295) is a preseason All-American who like Burns has a multitude of scholarship offers. The big offensive lineman has taken several unofficial visits to Arkansas and plans to wrap up his recruiting with treks to Oklahoma on Saturday and Auburn the following Saturday.

Burns, ranked as one of the 10 best quarterbacks nationally by Scout.com, spent most of the day in Fayetteville on Wednesday with his parents.

"I really knew everything I needed to know about Arkansas and their program from my earlier visits so this one was mostly for my family who didn't get to come up the last time but have gone on the earlier visits (to other schools)," Burns said. "I wanted them to have a chance to ask any questions they had and find out anything they needed to."

All of Arkansas' coaches were on hand on Wednesday for the Burns family's arrival after the staff canceled plans to play in a charity golf tournament to give the prospect as much attention as possible.

He had meetings with UA head coach Houston Nutt, new offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, new quarterback coach Alex Wood and UA athletic director Frank Broyles.

"We toured the academic center, the school and all the facilities and we talked with Coach Broyles, Coach Houston Nutt and Alex Wood," Burns said. "It all went very good and we really enjoyed it."

Burns has said that he has always wanted to play in Malzahn's offensive system, but has also become a big fan of Wood, who comes to Arkansas after being an NFL offensive coordinator.

"I really like and respect him," Burns said. "He brings a lot of experience to the table from a lot of different levels. He has coached in the NFL, on the college level and just really knows his stuff. He is very impressive. I really liked being around him."

Burns said he likes what that group of coaches had to say about the offense Arkansas is installing and plans to utilize in the future.

"With such great running backs, you want to take advantage of them, but they also said they were going to be as close to 50-50 as they could be with running and throwing the ball while going to more of a spread offense," Burns said. "That really appeals to me."

Burns, also a very good basketball player who leaves Thursday for an AAU Tournament in Las Vegas with his Arkansas Hawks squad, said Wednesday night that he plans to just stick with one sports in college.

"I've decided that I am just going to play football and put all my time into that," Burns said. "That way I can be the best quarterback I can."


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