Scout Ranking: 4-star and No. 17 CB
Measurables: 6-feet and 190 pounds
2011 Stats: Burns finished his junior season with 40 tackles and two interceptions.
What they're saying: Burns is an elite athlete with national track speed. He is over six feet tall, he has long arms, and he has very quick feet. He has a lot of things going for him athletically, but he still needs to improve his technique at cornerback. He needs to work on being more consistent and becoming more a shut-down guy. He has the skills and the raw ability along with the size to be a top guy. - Chad Simmons/Scout.com
Recruiting Status: Burns committed to Alabama during his junior season but backed off that decision in the spring. He had offers from every major program in America and ended the process by making a commitment to Miami last month. He says that is his final choice.
What he's saying about Miami: "The talent is starting to go back to Miami and I really want to be a part of that. The coaches are cool, they have good academics, and most of my family wanted me to be there."
Miami angle: The Hurricanes signed seven cornerbacks in last year's recruiting class so the only way they were expected to recruit one for the 2013 class is if they could find one that is elite. Well, Burns is an elite level prospect who was recruited nationally. He's also an outstanding track athlete. Another factor in the favor of recruiting him as a cornerback a year after taking so many is that Burns has just as much upside at the safety position. Like Deon Bush from the 2012 class, who is already playing safety after being recruited by everyone as a cornerback, Burns has the ability (and desire) to play either spot in college. Those kids are hard to find and the Canes are getting one here. His best football should be way ahead of him and it's a tremendous pickup for the Canes.