A Southwest Showdown - Ark/Texas

Kodi Burns and John Chiles are two of the top athletes in the Country. Get a good look at the Arkansas and Texas Natives as they show why they are two of the most highly rated prospects in the country.

Taking a look at the Southwest Hot 100, there are two names that stand out as very similar athletes from neighboring states. John Chiles of Mansfield, Texas, and Kodi Burns of Fort Smith, Ark.

Both Chiles and Burns are mobile quarterbacks that make play after play for their respective high schools.

Chiles has outstanding quickness, top end speed, and open field moves and vision. Burns is a bit bigger, not quite as fast, but has a tremendous arm and throws well on the run.

Chiles is good enough at quarterback that he could play the position for some teams on the next level, but he projects best at the wide receiver position. Most high school quarterbacks that are slotted to play another position on offense never get the chance to play that position until they get to college. Chiles is different. He has logged several snaps at wide receiver and wing back, and he shows that he is more than adept at catching the ball.

Once he has the ball in his hands, the fun really begins.

Burns is not quite the athlete, but he doesn't have to be, because of that big right arm. He reminds me a lot of Ryan Perrilloux, who was Scout.com's #1 Prospect in the South in the Class of


John Chiles

 2005. He doesn't quite have the rocket arm that Perrilloux had, but he shows better touch at the same stage.

Burns can hurt a team with his arm and his legs and is being recruited strictly as a quarterback.

Chiles is already committed to the Texas Longhorns, while Burns looks like he will decide between SEC Foes Arkansas and Auburn.

Which player is better? Depends on the need and the preference.

Burns is a player that will have the ball in his hands on every snap as a quarterback on the next level, so I'm inclined to lean towards the quarterback. It's hard to choose against a player like Chiles though who looks to be a weapon at receiver and would be dynamite as a return man.

As a College Scout, the decision would be easy... Offer them Both!

Who do you like better? Be the Scout, and Come Talk about it on the Scout.com Recruiting Message Board

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 #5 QB Kodi Burns
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#12 ATH John Chiles
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