Many schools considered running back Kenni Burns one of the best young prospects in the Midwest as he amassed 1800 yards and 20 touchdowns during his sophomore year at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield, Illinois.
Then he missed most of his junior season after breaking his foot. The break was originally a stress fracture, but eventually was a complete break after Burns played in two games with the stress fracture.
So has Burns completely recovered from his injury?
"I think my stats prove that," Burns answered.
Burns rushed for over 2500 yards and scored 31 touchdowns his senior season. He proved to be a leader and a winner. Sacred Heart-Griffin went 33-0 in the regular season during Burns' 3 years playing varsity.
So what makes Burns so good?
"I'm not the fastest or the biggest, but I'm the smartest," Burns said.
Burns decided to go to Indiana over some of his other favorite schools because of its excellent business program and the rapport he felt with the coaches.
"Coaches are pretty nice, [I] got a good relationship with some of them," Burns said. "They seemed more interested than other schools. I felt like I fit in."
Burns hopes to bring his winning ways over to the Hoosiers. He sees potential for Indiana football in the future.
"[We] got a good recruiting class, I see us doing pretty well," Burns predicted.
Burns sees similarities with his playing style and that of Titans running back Eddie George.
"I would think I have the same style as him and pretty good vision," Burns said.
Along with his good vision, Burns credits his cutting ability for his success. Burns is more of a north-south runner who likes to hit the hole and use his agility to break big runs.
Burns has several fond memories while playing football in high school, but he thinks his best memory probably came against his team's biggest rival.
"Probably rushing against a really good team, Chatham Glenwood, our rivals," Burns replied. "I rushed for 278 yards."
Burns says he would like to play right away for the Hoosiers, but he won't be bothered if it takes him awhile to earn playing time. He realizes that he will have to make adjustments to the college game.
"I heard the game speed is a lot faster," Burns said.
Burns knows that eventually he will get a chance to show what he can do out on the field. Coach DiNardo summed it up best to Burns saying "opportunities are endless, opportunities are coming."
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