Tigers Move Up Pecking Order for Star QB

Fort Smith, Ark.--Back home after a road trip to Auburn this weekend, Scout.com four-star quarterback Kodi Burns says the Tigers are being seriously considered for his college choice after the 2006 season.

Last week, after visiting Ole Miss prior to coming to Auburn, he said the Tigers were in his top three along with the home-state Arkansas Razorbacks plus the Kansas State Wildcats. The trip to the AU campus bumped the Tigers up in the pecking order, he notes.

"Auburn is in my top two schools," Burns told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "It's Arkansas and Auburn."

A 6-2, 195 quarterback who put up big numbers as a junior, he has approximately a dozen scholarship offers as he begins to concentrate on his senior season. He says that he is through with his summer visits and could make his college choice this summer.

"I will probably make a decision before the school year starts," he says.

With good size and excellent speed with a fastest clocking of 4.57 seconds in the 40, Burns is a quarterback who has already put up big numbers. A starter since his sophomore year, he has thrown for 4,017 yards and 41 touchdowns while rushing for 1,846 yards and 16 touchdowns.

He notes the ability to make plays with his arm and feet have attracted the attention of Auburn offensive coordinator Al Borges, who is also the QB coach for the Tigers.

"The visit to Auburn went real good," Burns says. "I visited with the coaches and toured the campus and hung out with some of the players.

"I talked to Coach Borges, Coach (Hugh) Nall, Coach Tubs (head coach Tommy Tuberville) and receivers coach (Greg Knox). We talked about the quarterback situation. They talked about how they are looking for someone who can both run and pass and the type of classes I would be taking at Auburn in sports medicine."

Burns describes himself as a pocket passer who is comfortable throwing the ball from there, but can also make plays on the move. Those were traits of current Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell, who was SEC Offensive Player of the Year in 2004 for the unbeaten Tigers.

"Coach Borges is looking for a Jason Campbell type quarterback," says Burns, who says he believes he fits that style of play.

"I feel like first and foremost that I'm a drop-back quarterback," Burns adds. "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."
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