Burnam, a 6-2, 230-pound inside linebacker from Macon County High, is off to a strong start as a senior and so is his team.
"I have 21 tackles and four assists in two games," says Burnam, who sat out the fourth quarter of the season opener when his team built a healthy lead. He had 96 tackles as a junior.
This week, Macon County High will travel to play Taylor County in a game that was originally scheduled last Friday, but high school games in the state of Georgia were postponed last week due to the terrorism tragedies.
Burnam does a little bit of everything for his team. He also starts at wide receiver, kicks off, returns punts, returns kicks, kicks field goals and is an emergency tailback. "I haven't carried the ball yet at tailback," he says, "but I will be ready." Burnam hasn't caught any passes yet, either. "We have been moving the ball well on the ground and haven't been throwing," he says. He has had a chance to show his kicking ability. His 27-yard field goal was the difference in a 17-14 victory over Callaway in week two.
The big linebacker, who was Auburn's first public verbal commitment for 2002 from a high school senior, is excited about his team. "We are a whole lot better than we were last year," he says. Burnam accepted an offer from the Tigers immediately after returning home from a summer camp on the AU campus. "I am looking forward to our team getting deep into the playoffs this year."
Burnam has been clocked at an impressive 4.52 seconds in the 40-yard dash and fits the pattern of Tommy Tuberville recruits who have both good size and excellent speed. Burnam has been a starter for Macon County since his freshman season.
Tiger Ticket Extra: Although other colleges have been trying to recruit the big linebacker, he says his commitment to the Tigers is firm. "Yes sir, I am excited about going to Auburn," Burnam says. "I went over for the Ole Miss game and I had a great time. They almost did what we did in our last game. We got up 17-0 and had to hang on to win. I hope everything goes well for Auburn."...Burnam bench presses 325 pounds and has a 30-inch vertical jump.