RECRUITING: Illinois RB ready to prove doubters

Springfield, Ill. running back Kenni Burns is one of the best in Big 10 country

KENNI BURNS, RB, 5Õ11, 189, 4.35, SPRINGFIED SACRED HEART GRIFFIN ACADEMY, ILLINOIS:

Burns heads into his senior year looking to showcase his talent. After a blazing sophomore season, Burns broke his ankle during the first game of the season, which cost him his entire second season. However, he was so good his first year that Burns is still regarded as one of the top running backs in the Big 10 area.

Burns turned the heads of every collegiate recruiter in the country his sophomore season rushing for over 2,000 yards while becoming the first sophomore to ever earn all-state honors his first year. The ankle kept Burns out of his junior year, but now the injury is totally healed.

ÒI came back in time to play basketball and run track on it,Ó said Burns. ÒSo, the injury is totally well and I will have no limitations. I will be back this year at 100 percent. I only have a couple of offers right now and that is OK with me, because I am telling all the college recruiters that I will show them that I am perfectly healthy.Ó

Burns can bench 290 pounds, squats 405 and he has a 34-inch vertical jump. Burns starts in hoops (15 ppg) and he runs the 100M (10.5), 4X100 (anchor) and the 4X400 (anchor). Burns showed his stuff off at the LRS Camp in Springfield, Illinois and he was the most impressive athlete there.

ÒI have been offered by Missouri, Ball State and Northern Illinois,Ó said Burns. ÒI am being recruited by Penn State, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Oregon and Oklahoma. All of those schools have told me that they are waiting to see how I score on my first ACT test and how I play in that first game before they offer me. Missouri has shown me the most of attention and they offered me off my sophomore game film. I really respect them for that. I really like Penn State and Colorado, and I really like Oklahoma a lot as well. But they havenÕt said too much to me at this time. They have talked to my coach a lot, but they donÕt call every week like some schools. I think they are waiting to see how healthy I am.Ó

From what I hear from college recruiters Burns isnÕt going to have to worry about getting scholarship offers once the season starts.

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