Arkansas Star To Check Out Tigers

Each year Auburn is hoping to add a top-flight quarterback prospect and this time around is no different. For the Class of 2007 one of the top players comes from Arkansas and he says that he plans to visit the Plains in the coming weeks.

Fort Smith, Ark.--With the start of the football season getting closer the heat is just beginning to turn up both on and off the field for many of the country's top prospects. That couldn't be more true in the case of quarterback Kodi Burns from Northside High.

One of the country's top prospects and rated as the number nine quarterback in the country by, Burns has fielded calls from all over the country since early in the spring and says that he's now beginning to narrow his list of colleges heading into his senior season.

"It's pretty hectic at the moment," Burns tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I think I have 10 or 11 offers right now. I have still got a big list because I have only eliminated two schools. The schools I'm still looking at are Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Kansas State, and Ole Miss. I have offers from all of them except Florida and Tennessee."

Burns has a strong arm and the ability to stretch the pocket as well as the field.

A 6-2, 195-pounder with a best time of 4.57 seconds in the 40-yard dash, Burns has the size and speed to be a dynamic running quarterback on the next level. In two seasons as the starter he has thrown for 4,017 yards and 41 touchdowns while adding 1,846 yards and 16 more scores on the ground. Even with all those numbers, Burns says his strength is his ability to remain in the pocket and deliver the ball.

"I feel like first and foremost that I'm a drop-back quarterback," Burns says. "A lot of people look at me as a dual-threat, but I look to pass first at all times. I can run but I pass first and get the ball to my playmakers. If anything breaks down or they bring too many people I have the ability to escape the pocket and get an extra 10 yards."

With his ability to make plays Burns has risen up the recruiting boards for many colleges in the last three months. One of those schools is Auburn, which is looking to sign a top-flight quarterback in this year's class. Although the Tigers are just one of the colleges he's looking at right now, Burns says that Auburn is definitely in the running to be his college destination.

"I think a lot about the program," Burns says of Auburn. "They're a national contender year in and year out. I have a lot of respect for Coach (Tommy) Tuberville and his staff. It's just a kid's dream to be able to play at a place like Auburn. They actually won a national championship a couple of years ago and had a pretty good year last year. I know they're only going to keep getting better.

"I haven't talked with Coach (Tommy) Tuberville yet, but I have talked with Coach (Hugh) Nall on the phone some," Burns adds. "I'm looking to visit Auburn in a few weeks. I don't have an exact date, but I'll probably come down and visit for a whole day."

As a player from the state of Arkansas the Razorbacks will always be in the running until the very end. For Burns the ties are even stronger as he plays quarterback at the same high school where former Arkansas star Matt Jones once lined up under center. For Burns the honor of following a legend is something he takes seriously each time he steps on the field.

"It's real neat because I remember when I was a little kid my brother played with him," Burns says. "I grew up watching Matt Jones as the quarterback at Northside and now here I am as the quarterback. It feels pretty good. A lot of people compare me to him. That feels good."

While the ties to Jones and the Razorbacks seem to make Houston Nutt's team tough to beat, that's not exactly the case says Burns. Just last season Arkansas signed record-setting quarterback prospect Mitch Mustain and also added his high school coach Gus Malzahn to be the offensive coordinator for the Hogs. Those are things Burns says he is well aware of, but notes he won't base his decision on Mustain's arrival in Fayetteville.

"It doesn't change anything at all," Burns says. "I'm not going to commit early. I want to check out all of my schools first before I make a decision."

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