"I spent some time talking with Coach (Rob) Likens, the wide receivers coach. He said I was looking like I was in pretty good shape, and that they're going to come watch me in spring practice."
What else did Runner have to say about Tech?
"I think they'll have a good season," he declared. "The defense was making big plays in the spring game.
"I've been liking Tech since high school. It's close to home, and they play the other schools who are recruiting me. If Tech offers me, I'll take it."
Runner, who consistently runs in the 4.45 range, will step into a leadership role at Northwest Mississippi in 2011.
"I'll be getting a lot of opportunities as a starting slot receiver," he said. "The coaches have confidence in me."
Runner and Burch led Neville to the 2009 Class 4A state championship, and the duo would love to reunite again on the college level.