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    <B>EXCLUSIVE</B> - Linebacker Johnnie Burns of Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach, Fla, informed Inside theVille on Monday evening that he had committed to Louisville.<p> <li><a href="http://louisville.theinsiders.com/2/208167.html"><B>Coach Reynolds on Burns</b></a> <li><a href="http://louisville.theinsiders.com/2/207922.html"><B>Cards in top 3 for P/K Lonie</b></a> <li><b><a href="http://louisville.theinsiders.com/2/208112.html">Auburn deal hurting recruiting? Don't think so!</a></b>

    Linebacker Johnnie Burns (6'3, 225) of Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach, Florida, informed Inside theVille on Monday evening that he had decided to end his recruiting process.

    "I have some good news for you," stated Burns. "I have committed to Louisville!"

    He chose the Cardinals over offers from Florida State, South Florida and Southern Miss, as well as heavy interest from Georgia Tech.

    Burns stated earlier this year that he wanted to wait until his season was complete before making a decision on where he would continue his education and football.

    "I was excited while it was going on," said Burns of the recruitment process. "I was having a lot of fun playing, but now that I'm done I decided to make a decision. Louisville looks like the best fit for my education and playing opportunity."

    The commitment that the Louisville coaches made to Burns prior to the season appears to have played a role in his decision to become a Cardinal.

    "[Louisville] recruited me hard from day one," Burns said. "They recruited me harder than anyone before I got into my flow during the season."

    Fletcher High School, which finished with a 12-2 mark, saw it's season come to an end this past Friday when they fell in the Regional Championship. Burns finished his senior campaign with 156 total tackles, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries.

    Burns told ITV that he has had the opportunity to watch a few of Louisville's games this season and that he likes the defensive formations and believes that he will have the opportunity to play his freshman season.

    "I watched them and I like their scheme," said Burns, who benches 315-pounds. "I believe that I can have an impact my freshman year. I think I can come in and make some big plays."

    He continued to explain that he wanted to remain at the position that he feels most comfortable.

    "I'm more familiar with playing defense," continued Burns. "Florida State wanted me to play tight end, but Louisville said that I can come in and play my position at outside linebacker."

    Burns currently holds a 3.1 GPA and is scheduled to take the SAT on December 13th. "I'll knock it out," said a confident Burns.

    He will make an official visit to Louisville on January 9th.


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