Temecula (CA) Linfield School cornerback Lorenzo Burns has had a pretty good teacher for learning the game of football.
Burns, like a large handful of players around the country, are being coached by their dad, but few dads have the credentials that DeChon Burns has. Playing cornerback and baseball for USC in the late 80s and early 90s, Burns’ dad has previously coached in college at USC, UTEP, Florida and Texas Southern and in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins, as well as a handful of other places.
“He’s helped me learn the game a lot because I’ve been around it,” Burns told Scout.com. “I’m able to put other guys in position.”
And much like his dad, Burns is starting to attract the attention of college coaches. While a good portion of his scholarship offers and interest comes from the West Coast, Burns was happily surprised to recently get an offer from Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.
“I was at lunch and my head coach called me to his office,” said Burns. “I was wondering what it was about because he texted me and said to hurry up and it was really important. I got on the phone and it was Coach Aranda. Coach Aranda said they wanted to offer me and it surprised me because I had no contact with them before.”
Since Aranda and Wisconsin offered, Burns said he is talking with the Badgers coaching staff on a weekly basis, updating them on his track times in the 100, 200 and 4x100 and getting to hear more about the school.
“I knew a lot before they offered me,” Burns said. “I knew they were in the Big Ten, they played high competition, they’ve been in the Big Ten championship game three times and I remember they killed Nebraska. They put out Melvin Gordon this year and Jared Abbrederis last year, a former walk-on. I know the school is very high in academics.
“Coach Aranda says they work hard, they are a family, nobody is going to get treated wrong, good atmosphere, one of the best college towns in the nation and that you’re going to learn when you get up there. It’s not some university where you go there and just play sports and not get an education.”
Playing both ways last season, Burns said he finished with over 2,000 total yards, including throwing for 15 touchdowns on offense, and recording approximately 50 tackles and eight pass breakups. Most schools are recruiting him as a cornerback.
“For my size, people usually wouldn’t be as physical,” said Burns. “I’m 5-11 and 160, but I am real physical at my size. I hold my own, I cover well and my routes are crisp and not sloppy.”
Holding additional offers from Arkansas State, Colorado State, Hawaii, Northern Arizona, San Diego State, Utah, Washington State, Weber State and Wyoming, Burns doesn’t plan on making his decision until he visits a majority of the schools in his offer list.
“I plan on taking a visit to Wisconsin sometime this summer, as well as Washington State,” said Burns. “I want to take some more visits in the fall. That’s the plan.”