Four-star adds ND offer

Notre Dame came calling for four-star defensive end Brian Burns of Plantation (Fla.) High last week via assistant Autry Denson.

Notre Dame running backs coach Autry Denson dipped into familiar recruiting territory when he offered four-star defensive end Brian Burns of Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage last week.

“I hadn’t talked to Notre Dame at all until I started messaging on Twitter with one of their assistants (Denson), who told me to give him a phone call,” Burns said. “I called him and he told me that he wanted to offer me a scholarship.”

Burns, who added a fourth star following a standout performance at the Miami Opening regional in March, says most schools are recruiting him as a hybrid weak-side defensive end/outside linebacker that can rush the quarterback.

“(Denson) is from Florida, so that’s a big plus for me,” Burns said. “He told me that he likes how I can go down in the trenches but also how I can drop back like a linebacker. He likes my speed, too.”

The 6-foot-6, 218-pound defensive end has learned most of his limited knowledge about Notre Dame from former high school teammate defensive end Richard Yeargin, who was committed to the Irish before signing with Clemson in the 2014 recruiting cycle.

“I remember him telling me about the academics and tradition of Notre Dame,” Burns said. “I don’t know much about Notre Dame, but I’d like to talk to the coaches and maybe set up a visit. I’d like to see what their roster looks like.”

Burns boasts offers from Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Miami, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Rutgers, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin. Even though he’s yet to name favorites, Burns says there are four schools recruiting him hardest right now.

Georgia and Florida State are recruiting me a lot,” Burns said. “And then I would say Florida and Miami.

This spring Burns visited Florida State. He plans to visit Clemson and Georgia this summer.

“I will visit some schools this summer, and then I will come out with my top schools,” Burns said.

Burns added he plans to take official visits in the fall before reaching a final decision.

“Tradition, playing time, coaching staff, academics, environment and atmosphere of the school will be the main things I consider,” Burns said.

Burns is ranked as the No. 24 defensive end in the class 2016.


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