RECRUITING: Burns Has Gators On His Radar

One of the hottest targets on the recruiting circuit this year is Fort Smith (AR) Northside quarterback Kodi Burns. The 6-2, 190-pound signal caller is the premiere player at his position in the state and rising up the charts quickly both regionally and nationally. He's as comfortable throwing as he is running which is why the Florida Gators have made Burns one of their top recruiting targets.

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As a junior, Burns was 134-of-277 passing for 2,182 yards and 20 touchdowns. He turned up the heat on defenses with his legs, too, rushing for 965 yards and another 11 scores.

The interest in Burns grows on an almost daily basis. He has several offers already and programs such as Texas A&M, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Auburn, Kansas State, and Arkansas have made him a priority recruit. He's taking time to listen carefully to everybody that is offering but the Gators definitely have his ear.

"A couple of weeks ago Coach (Dan) Mullen started sending a lot of letters," Burns said. "I have been talking and texting with him. I am in love with Florida. I like them a whole lot. I know it's one of the top programs in the nation. I know it would be a nice place for me to go."

"Coach Mullen wants me to come to a camp. He tried to come to see me in person but he didn't have a chance to. I don't know if I am going to make it down there, but I am certainly going to try."

Burns realizes that his running and throwing skills make him an ideal candidate for the Florida offense which requires a quarterback that has no fear of tucking the ball and running.

"I just try and play like myself," Burns said. "I can throw better than I can run. But I can get the yards when a play breaks down. I can throw the ball any way I need to. My coach judges a one, two and three ball. One is the hardest, two in between, and three is a floater. In the Arkansas challenge I threw the ball 74 yards (in the air)."

He knows a few things that will help influence his decision when that time comes to pick a future hoe away from home.

"I don't have a top list right now, I am open to everyone," he said. But first and foremost is my education. I also want to see what kind of fit I am at that school. The roster will play a part in it. Florida is a good fit for me being in the shotgun and the various kind of passing that they do."

Don't look for a decision any time soon. He will have plenty of time to make the choice that he feels is best for him.

"Right now I am just trying to enjoy being a kid," he said. "I will be spending time looking at rosters and stuff and be able to get my list down around the middle of the season.

Kodi Burns is busy finishing off a strong 3.3 GPA for his junior year. He heads into the summer with no academic worries. The future Sports Management major should be a star as a senior behind Northside's very big and talented offensive line. This is a recruit to watch closely


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