Signee Tidbits: Future Tiger Mentally Tough

This prospect's high school coach has high praise for his star senior player.

Fort Smith, Ark.--Auburn's lone quarterback commitment for the 2007 signee class, Kodi Burns, was not exactly an overnight sensation his coach tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

Northside High School coach Darrell Henry notes that he figured out when Burns was still in junior high school that the quarterback was going to be a special player. That is exactly the way it turned out for Burns, who is ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the state of Arkansas by

Burns, who is also a standout in basketball, is a great catch for the Tigers, says Henry, who notes that in addition to the senior's athletic skills Auburn is getting a quarterback with a lot of mental toughness.

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"He's going to find a way to win," Henry says. "I think that's a strong characteristic of his."

Burns, who racked up almost 9,000 yards of total offense as a three-year starter, notes that he is excited about his decision to play QB for the Tigers. "I feel like it's a real good system where you have to have a true quarterback to play the position," he says.

"I feel like that what I am is a true pocket-passing quarterback. At the same time if I need to get a couple of first downs during the game running the ball I feel I have the ability to do that.

"What I have seen in the offense they like to open up the pass with the run and at Auburn they're always going to have a top running back. That takes a lot of pressure off the passing game and opens up a lot of lanes to throw the ball. It's a real good system, one of the most flexible."

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