2014 Player Analysis: Artie Burns

Artie Burns came to Miami with high expectations. He had a solid freshman season and a strong spring. He's now ready for a breakout sophomore season.

As a recruit: Artie Burns was one of the state's most heavily recruited defensive back prospects as a senior at Miami Northwestern High. He had offers from just about everyone including Alabama, Florida State, and USC before choosing the hometown Hurricanes. He took visits to Florida State and Alabama but they weren't able to change his mind.

As a Hurricane: Burns played in 11 games as a freshman last season, finishing the season with 17 tackles, one interception, and three pass breakups. He saw most of his action on special teams early in the season but broke into the rotation late and played a lot of minutes against Louisville in the bowl game. He emerged as one of the two starting cornerbacks (along with Tracy Howard) in the spring, despite missing some time because of his accomplishments in track (he's one of the nation's top hurdlers).

What to expect: Burns is the real deal. At 6-feet and 200 pounds, he has all the physical tools to become a big time player here. He reminds me a lot of Antrel Rolle early in his career. Burns has size and speed and is very physical in the way he plays. He might not be on Howard's level early in the season, mainly because of the experience factor, but there's a good chance that Burns will emerge as Miami's best defensive back by midseason. He's expected to have a big sophomore season for the Hurricanes.

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