Fort Smith, Ark.--For newly committed quarterback Kodi Burns the weekend official visit to Auburn could have gone better but only in one way. With Auburn falling to Georgia the game wasn't what he had hoped for but Burns says other than that it was almost perfect.
"It went real good," Burns tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I was pretty blown away by the crowd. Everybody treats you real nice. It's just a different atmosphere. I'm trying to get out of Arkansas and I really liked it. I liked the stadium. The atmosphere was mind blowing."
Just like most visitors to Auburn on a game day Burns says that the pre-game festivities were something that blew him away. Despite the Tigers' struggles on the field the 6-2, 195 quarterback from Northside High says that he has no doubts about this team and the future of Auburn football down the road with him at quarterback.
"The Tiger Walk was amazing," Burns says. "I have never seen anything like that. The fans and everybody is a family there. The game didn't go like I wanted it to but at the same time I know what Auburn football is about. You have games like that sometimes. This is probably their fifth loss in three years. Losing around there isn't something they take too well. I know they're going to bounce back though."
Burns is an exceptional athlete that can make plays running and passing at quarterback.
Hosted by redshirt freshman athlete Mario Fannin, Burns says that the time he spent with the players over the weekend was helpful to him in a number of ways. Talking with players that are going through what he'll have to endure next season, Burns says that Fannin's advice was something he'll take to heart when he returns home and begins preparing for his college football future.
"We got along real good," Burns says of Fannin. "We just talked about how he's redshirting and working real hard in the weight room for next season. He talked about getting to play next year. He gave me some good words of wisdom. I'm looking forward to the future."
Fannin wasn't the only young offensive player that Burns spent time with. Redshirting receivers Tim Hawthorne, Terrell Zachery and Alex Rose as well as tight end Michael Goggans, Auburn is poised for big things on offense in the future and Burns says that has him excited and ready to get things started.
"I got a chance to meet most of the receivers," Burns says. "Chris Slaughter roomed right next to me at the hotel. I got accustomed to all those guys. I'm just ready to get up here and get started and work hard."
In addition to his time spent talking and meeting his future teammates Burns also had the opportunity to spend time with the offensive coaches and coach Tommy Tuberville Sunday before flying home. He says that getting to talk with them in depth was fun because it gives him a better feel for the person behind the coaching title.
"It was real fascinating," Burns says. "You grow up and see these people on TV and then once you get recruited you see they are normal, everyday people. We talked football but we talked about other stuff at the same time. It was a lot of fun."
With his season in the books Burns now turns to the basketball court where he's also one of the top players in Arkansas. After that his attention will be fully on getting ready for his career at Auburn. He almost got a head start on his Auburn experience by graduating early but he says that he came up a little short and now he'll get to town as soon as possible.
"I'm probably going to start basketball in a little bit and then move on to lifting weights and a little bit of track," Burns says. "As far as graduating early I tried but I have about half a credit I need so I'll stay there the rest of the year. I'm looking to go to Auburn the first part of the summer and get going."