"Coach (George) McDonald stopped by our school and talked to our coach," Burns said. "I saw my coach after school and he told me about the offer. Later that day, coach McDonald stayed for practice.
"I was just so excited when it happened. I was pretty excited when it happened. The first thing that came to my mind was the movie ‘The Express.'"
One of the things that stood out about Syracuse to the 5-foot-11 back was their history at his position. Few can boast the same type of historical backfield talent that reside with the Orange.
"Of course I like their running back history," Burns said. "Just that legacy that they have, the Jim Brown, the Ernie Davis, it's just something to look forward to."
While still very early, Burns is interested in Syracuse. He hopes to continue to learn more about the program.
"Right now I'm only at ten offers," Burns said. "I'm open to all the schools but they're up there though. Definitely."
A key to keeping that early interest will be an impressive visit. Burns hopes to get up the Central New York in the coming months.
"This summer we're going on a college recruitment tour," Burns said. "Me and some of the guys from my school. Hopefully I will be able to stop by if possible. I want to see the academics and see what kind of programs I can get into.
"See what kind of business programs they have at the school. From there, see where the direction of the program is going. After that, just the city and see what kind of town it is. What kind of fan base they have as well."
When Burns does make his decision, he already knows what his future school will have waiting for him.
"It will come down to where I can develop my talent and develop as a person," Burns said. "I would love to study business and see where I can get a good degree. It will definitely be a family decision."