Will QB Burns Reconsider Razorbacks?

Auburn quarterback commitment Kodi Burns discusses recruiting and his status with the changes taking place in the Arkansas program.

Fort Smith, Ark.--With all the turmoil surrounding the Arkansas football program in recent days as first offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn left the program only to be followed by talented freshman quarterback Mitch Mustain, many have wondered whether or not the Razorbacks could get back in the game with Auburn commitment and Northside High standout Kodi Burns.

The answer to that question from Burns is a resounding no.

"It's not a possibility at all," Burns says about Arkansas getting back in on him. As a matter of fact things have gotten more solid for the Auburn Tigers since Burns committed back in November. Getting to know more about the program and the coaching staff, Burns says he's ready to get to Auburn and begin his career as a Tiger.

That feeling intensified Tuesday night after a visit from head coach Tommy Tuberville and offensive line coach Hugh Nall. The chief recruiter for Burns, Nall had been in the Burns household before, but Tuesday night both sat down for a visit after watching Burns in action on the basketball court.

"It went real good," Burns says. "It means a lot for them to come see me, especially Coach Tuberville being able to come to my house. Coach Nall has been there a few times. It means a whole lot.

"My parents were already impressed by them when we went up for an unofficial visit, but for them to come down and explain things to us you could just tell they are true and honest guys. Everybody is just fired up in my family. I'm ready to get up there."

Burns is a dual-threat quarterback that can beat you throwing and running.

When Burns gets to Auburn there's a good chance he'll have a familiar face along for the ride. That face could belong to fellow Arkansas prospect Lee Ziemba. A visitor last weekend to Auburn, Ziemba is expected to announce his choice between the Tigers and the Hogs at an 8 a.m. press conference Friday at Rogers High. Burns says that he speaks with Ziemba nearly every day and he's optimistic the big offensive linemen will be the next on board the Auburn train.

Currently Burns is a standout for the basketball team as Northside High is looking to make a run deep in the playoffs. If that happens much of the reason why is the talented point guard Burns.

"Things are going really good," Burns says. "We're second in the conference right now, I believe. We're looking pretty good although we've lost three games by a point each. I'm probably averaging low double figures in scoring and close to that in assists."

While basketball is his current focus, Burns says that he's also spending time in the weight room as he gets ready to come to Auburn early next summer to prepare for the 2007 season. He says that there are several things he wants to work on to improve his game in the hopes that he'll have a chance to play right away.

"I want to work on my accuracy," Burns says. "I'm already up to 205 now so I'm gaining weight. I know they're going to put even more muscle on me though. I'm hoping to gain more accuracy and a little more speed and I think I'll be ready. I'll be looking to learn the offense which will be the hardest thing."

Burns did have one final chance to play football on the high school level when he took part in an all-star game in Florida early in January. One of the standouts for the West team, Burns says that the opportunity to play in the game against fellow Auburn commitments Enrique Davis, Bailey Woods and Chaz Ramsey made the experience a great one for him.

"It was real fun," Burns says. "I talked to the guys a lot in the hotel room. I really didn't get a chance to see them practice, but I saw them perform in the game. Everybody did real good. It's real exciting to know you're going to be on the same team with them."

The group was part of what is shaping up to be possibly one of the best all-around classes signed by Auburn in during the Tuberville Era. If things finish as expected the class could be ranked in the Top 10 in the country and that would just validate Auburn's program even more in the mind of Burns as a program that has all the pieces in place for a national title.

"Only a few places can do what Auburn does and just to be a part of that, part of a great recruiting class year in and year out and being in the most recent one, is exciting," Burns says. "This class has talent and you know for the next four or five years of your life you're going to be playing with them. That's really exciting. Every body is ready to get up there."

Inside The AU Tigers Top Stories