Thomas Burns has announced his decision to back away from his commitment to Miami.
"I want to thank UM for giving me my first scholarship. After talking to my family and close friends I want to de-commit from UM and open up my recruiting process. Please respect my decision."
Burns, a 2017 defensive back prospect from Miami Northwestern, first committed to the Hurricanes way back in February of 2015. He was one of Al Golden's first commitments in the 2018 class and is no longer on the list.
This is actually not surprising news, as the Canes seem to have focused their recruiting efforts elsewhere. Burns, who is brothers with former UM and current Pittsburgh Steeler standout Artie Burns, now has offers from Purdue and Illinois.
There was talk that he could enroll at UM on a track scholarship but that no longer seems to be a likely option. The Canes have five defensive backs currently committed and it's widely considered the best secondary class in the entire country as of right now. Burns simply got squeezed out as it appears as though the UM coaches decided to go in a different direction.
North Marion High standout Jalen Patterson went through a similar situation earlier this spring and is no longer committed to Miami.
The Canes are looking to add a 6th -- and possible 7th -- defensive back prospect to their current class. Al Blades is the most likely with Tyson Campbell and Jamien Sherwood (who could end up playing OLB in college) are the other two UM fans need to watch closely.
Even after the dropping of Burns and Patterson, Miami still owns the nation's top-ranked recruiting class.