Recruiting: Arkansas QB interested in OU?

Fort Smith, Ark. quarterback Kodi Burns talks about his game and interest in Oklahoma. Burns is currently ranked as the 9th-best quarterback prospect in the nation by


Kodi Burns goes into his senior season regarded as one of the best run/pass quarterbacks in the country. Playing for one of the best programs years in and year out in Arkansas, Burns drew attention early and continues to draw more as the recruiting process takes shape. Burns had a great year last year, but he is intent on having an even better year this season.

"We are actually on our second week of practice. We started last week, but we went to full pads this week. They are going real good. Our defense is looking real good and our offense has just about everybody back, so we are going to be very good this year. We are ranked No. 2 in the state, but the team that is ranked ahead of us is actually ranked behind us in the conference. So I think we are the No. 1 team in the state."

Burns is a great running quarterback, but he actually prefers to line up in an offense where he his throwing the ball around. Last season Burns hit on 134 of 277 passes for 2,182 yards and 20 touchdowns while rushing for 965 yards and 11 touchdowns. Those numbers were a little better than his sophomore year, when he completed 129 of 228 passes for 1,935 yards while rushing for 881 yards and five more scores.

"Any offense is fine with me. But being a quarterback, I like to throw the ball and most college teams that are throwing the ball appeals to me. I like an offense that uses three to four wide receivers and throws the ball. Right now we run a lot of shotgun and we either have four or five wide receivers. I get most of my rushing yardage on planned runs, counter plays and things like that. I do scramble when things break down, but for the most part I get my rushing yardage on planned runs."

Burns can bench 245 pounds, squats 405 and he has a 265 clean. He also starts in hoops where he averages 14 points per game. And in AAU ball, he averages 10 points per game. In track, Burns participates in the triple jump (45.6 ½ -- second best in the state) and the 4X400 (third leg).

Kodi has been offered by 12 schools and he is working on making a decision.

"Right now I am trying not to think about it, but I am focusing on Auburn and Arkansas. I am not close to making a decision. It will probably be during the season or toward the end of it."

But would Burns have an interested in Oklahoma, especially since the dismissal of starting quarterback Rhett Bomar?

"Yes sir, I would be interested in Oklahoma. I know about their situation. At this point all I have received from Oklahoma is letters from them. I have never talked to their coaches or anything, so until I hear from them I can't say they have any interest in me."

Is early playing time important for Burns?

"Of course. Everybody looks to play early, but that is not the No. 1 factor in my decision. Academics are the most important, but of course depth chart is important in making my decision. I don't mind redshirting, but how quickly I can get in the line up certainly matters. But it is not the top priority in my decision."

Burns has qualified.

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