QB Kodi Burns Keeping an Eye on the Tigers

One of the nation's top quarterback prospects talks about his senior season and getting a visit from Auburn's Tommy Tuberville at a recent game.

Fort Smith, Ark.--Don't blame Kodi Burns if he's a little concerned about the recent struggles by Northside High on the football field because the senior quarterback has done it all and more despite two consecutive losses on the field to Fayetteville and Bentonville.

Despite scoring 27 and then 34 points in the last two games, Northside dropped its overall record to 3-2 on the season with losses in both. For Burns the losses have hurt, but they haven't put a crimp on his numbers to this point.

Running and throwing with a purpose, Burns has put up imrpressive statistics this season, but says right now the biggest thing his team has to do is find a way to stop the opponents.

"We started off real good at 3-0, but the last two games we're averaging 30 points a game and lost the last two," Burns tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Friday we lost by one point and last week we lost by a touchdown. They were both high scoring games. Our defense is going to have to step up or we'll have to outscore them better."

Burns is dangerous as both a runner and passer for Northside.

Through five games Burns has been close to unstoppable for opponents as he has thrown for 963 yards and 11 touchdowns while adding another 515 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. It is that kind of production that has vaulted Burns to a five-star ranking by Scout.com and has colleges all over the country looking to sign him up. Despite the added attention from schools such as Oklahoma and others Burns says it's still a two-team race for his signature.

"It's still Auburn and Arkansas," Burns says. "It's just those two."

That makes for an interesting week for Burns and fellow Arkansas prospect Lee Ziemba because the Tigers and Razorbacks face off this weekend in Auburn with the top spot in the SEC Western Division on the line. Burns says he'll be keeping a close eye on the game just like he's done all season with the Tigers.

"I have seen both teams already," Burns says. "I have watched every game Auburn has played and I went to one Arkansas game. I pretty much know what both teams do. I just want to see a good game."

Auburn's top target at the quarterback position, Burns got to see just how much the Tigers want him as Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville and recruiting coach Hugh Nall made a trip to the Natural State to see both Burns and Ziemba on the Friday night before Auburn's game against Buffalo. Burns says it was very impressive to see the head coach out the night before a (Buffalo) game, but it made him feel special.

"We couldn't speak to each other but I said hi to him," Burns says. "They kind of stayed there during warm-ups and I felt like I did pretty good. It was real impressive to have him come all the way to my game. It makes you feel pretty good. I felt like that was pretty big time. I really liked it."

Planning to take an official visit to Auburn for the weekend of the Georgia game along with Ziemba, Burns says that he has a chance to talk to the five-star lineman several times a week. Because of the hectic pace of recruiting while the football season is in full swing Burns says it's helpful to have someone in the same boat to talk things over with.

"I think me and Lee Ziemba are coming for the Auburn-Georgia game," Burns says. "We have talked about coming for the Florida game, but I don't know if we'll be able to make it. For sure we're coming for the Georgia game.

"I talk to Lee a lot during the week," he adds. "Here in the last couple of months I have been talking to him a whole lot. It's real good because he's someone I know I can talk to and bounce information off. It just helps to let you know that both schools are real. It's to both of our advantages that we're able to do that."

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