Morgan Burns names top five

At Trinity Academy in Wichita, Kansas, Morgan Burns is coming off a commendable junior season which has captured the attention of many Division 1 programs. Currently, Burns has offers from Kansas State and Colorado State, while being shown serious consideration from a half dozen others. Although primarily playing running back, coaches see Burns as a possible defensive back at the next level.

"Right now my top five is No. 1 Kansas State, No. 2 Colorado State, No. 3 Iowa State, No. 4 Oklahoma State, and No. 5 TCU," said Morgan Burns. "I'm also hearing from Iowa and Kansas."

Burns says he's being recruited to Kansas State by Joe Bob Clements, defensive ends coach. Clements is also recruiting fellow Wichita area stand-out, Jordan Turner. He got a commitment last year from DeMarcus Robinson of Wichita Northwest.

At Colorado State, Scott Brown, also a defensive line coach, is recruiting Burns to the Ram program. Right now, however, the Wildcats are in the lead.

"They're very family-oriented," said Burns of the Wildcat program. "They brought me in to speak with Coach Snyder. I liked how positive the coaches were and how they kept encouraging me."

During Burns, 5-11, 195, eye-catching junior year he rushed for 1,400 yards and scored 23 touchdowns. On the defensive side, Burns made 43 tackles with five pass break-ups. He was named to All-Metro (Wichita), All-League (Central Plains) at both running back and defensive back, and All-State (4A) honorable mention.

"I try to use my speed to my advantage out there," Burns stated. "Coaches have told me they like my footwork and my reaction. I think I have good field vision and break well into gaps to find open space. In the off-season I'm working on adding power, getting bigger, becoming more explosive."

Burns will see his fair share of time on the other side of the ball, the side he may eventually land on the next level.

"I'll probably play some at linebacker this season because they like me for my run defense, being able to get to the ball quickly," Burns said. "In the secondary, I just need to keep working, get better on pass coverage, make some big plays for us."

Trinity Academy is a college-preparatory school which is Christian based. Burns' faith is very important in his life and is a factor in his college decision.

"I'd like to be at a place that offers a lot of Christian groups to be involved in," said Burns. "I like a family atmosphere with the other players and coaches. Academics and what I choose to major in will also be something I'll look at. Right now I'm open. I don't have a decision date in mind. I'm just going to see what happens."

Burns plans to camp at Oklahoma State this summer and also at Colorado State. He may try to get to a few more before gearing up for his senior season at Trinity.

"It's going to be good," said Burns of his senior year. "When I came in as a freshman I was on an 8-man squad. Two years later we're winning in league (4-2), and our goal is to take city and state."

Trinity Academy went 5-4 in 2009. Morgan Burns, No. 33, led the team in rushing in all nine games. He also had a 17.8 yards per kick off return average and 15.0 yards per return on punts. An all-around athlete, Burns also participates in track and basketball in addition to football at Trinity.

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