Big Commitment: AU Lands 5-Star Quarterback

Fort Smith Northside quarterback Kodi Burns made his decision public on Thursday when he chose the Auburn Tigers.

Fort Smith, Ark.--The Auburn Tigers got the playmaker at quarterback they have been looking for when Northside High's Kodi Burns chose the Tigers over Arkansas in a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

"Ultimately I had a decision to make," Burns says. "It has been tearing me apart thinking about both schools and where I want to go. I just feel like after thinking real hard my decision came down that I'm going to be an Auburn Tiger.

"It was real tough and that's what took me so long to make a decision," he adds. "I feel like both quarterback situations are good at both schools. I have always kind of wanted to get away from home and experience things besides Arkansas. I just feel like my future is not just about football. I'm going to Auburn to get my education and that's what it's all about."

Down to just the Tigers and the home state Hogs after sorting down from the dozens of offers he garnered, Burns chose the Tigers before making his official visit to Auburn this weekend for the Georgia game.

Kodi Burns

Rated a five-star player by and the nation's number five ranked quarterback overall, the 6-2, 190-pound Burns is the definition of a dual-threat quarterback and has been since he first stepped foot on the field for Northside.

In three years as a starter, Burns completed 390 of 736 passes for 6,020 yards and 62 touchdowns. He also rushed for 2,572 yards and an additional 29 touchdowns.

As a player Burns was one of the main reasons for a turnaround in fortune for the Northside program. A 1-9 team his freshman season, Burns led Northside to 10 wins and a berth in the state playoff semi-finals as a sophomore.

He did the same thing as a junior before his team lost to nationally-ranked Springdale and Mitch Mustain, who is currently playing for the University of Arkansas..

While things didn't work out as well for him as a senior with Northside finishing the year 5-5, it wasn't because of Burns' play on the field.

Burns is a physical quarterback who can run and pass with equal proficiency.

Playing in just 10 games Burns, completed 127 of 231 passes for 1,903 yards and 21 touchdowns. Also a threat on the ground the speedy signal caller rushed the ball 148 times for 726 yards and 13 touchdowns.

This weekend's visit won't be the first trip for Burns to check out the Auburn campus and football program. That's something he had already done over the summer to familiarize himself with the Tigers and the Auburn coaching staff. Following his visit it's easy to see why Auburn remained with him until the very end.

"I really enjoyed the visit and their campus and talking with their coaches," Burns said "They stressed to me that I could get a great education there and it is somewhere that the starting quarterback would be a senior when I got there. They are telling me that they have no one there or coming that would be a dual pass-run threat like I am."

Burns becomes Auburn's 19th public verbal commitment for the 2007 class and adds to what has the potential to be one of the top classes in the country this year. The current verbal commitments at this time are from wide receivers Chris Slaughter and Quindarius Carr, running back Enrique Davis, fullback John Douglas, athlete Bo Harris, tight ends Bailey Woods and Brent Slusher, offensive linemen Ryan Pugh, Chaz Ramsey and Kyle Coulahan, defensive linemen Josh Chapman and Tim Lamb, linebackers Eltoro Freeman and Marshall Williams, defensive backs Michael Slade, Jonnie Dixon and Ryan Williams, and kicker Charles Byrum.

(More to come.)

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