Cards on 'Bama de-commit's short list

The four-star cornerback, from Miami-Northwestern, Fla., has backed away from his commitment to the University of Alabama. Burns talked with Andrew Bone about a new set of schools on his list.

"I de-committed from Alabama," said Artie Burns. "I just decided I needed to look at other schools and the opportunity I have at some other places. I felt like de-committing would give me the best chance at looking at other schools."

Burns has now talked with the Alabama coaching staff about his decision to move on from his original decision.

"I did speak with the coaches today," he said. "I talked to coach Stoutland. I told him I talked to my coach, and he gave me some advice. I also spoke with my mom. We felt like de-committing from Alabama would give me a better chance to look at other opportunities.

"I told coach Stoutland I was de-committing. I told him I would keep them in mind though. He talked to me and was asking me why I was de-committing and stuff like that. That was about it. I will probably take an unofficial visit back up there, but they won't be one of my official visits."

The South Florida native discussed the five schools now in contention for his signature on signing day. He will take his time with the next decision.

"I am looking at UM [Miami], Florida State, Louisville, USC and LSU," Burns said. "I don't have any trips or anything scheduled right now. I probably won't until May, June or July because of track. I will probably wait it out until signing day.

"I plan on taking official visits to those five schools. All of those schools are even right now. I would say Florida State and UM are recruiting me the hardest right now."

One school has several friends trying to lure him away from the Sunshine State.

"I have friends at Louisville trying to recruit me," Burns said. "I have Teddy Bridgewater, Michaelee Harris, Eli Rogers and Corvin Lamb all trying to recruit me to go there."

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