Temecula (CA) Linfield School cornerback Lorenzo Burns has viewed the University of Wisconsin highly since the Badgers came through with a scholarship offer during the spring. He will soon see if the program, city and facilities live up to the hype.
A tremendous all-around athlete, finishing with over 2,000 total yards on offense and recording approximately 50 tackles and eight pass breakups as a defensive back, Burns will get his first up-close look at the Badgers next week.
“I am really interested in the city itself,” Burns told BadgerNation. “Madtown is wild on game day, so I really want to see what the town is like. I really want to see what the coaches are like and get to know them myself.”
The 5-11, 160-pound Burns has been a main target for Wisconsin, as the Badgers are still trying to secure their first verbal commitment from a cornerback in the 2016 recruiting class. Being recruited by defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and secondary coach Daronte Jones, Burns is a fan of his two lead recruiters having the potential to be his two position coaches in college.
“It helps (that they’ll be my coaches) because I really get to sit down and get a connection with them before I would step on campus and go to school there,” said Burns. “I’d be able to figure out what they are running up there, what type of person they are and they get to know me. It really does help a lot.”
Right before he visits Wisconsin, Burns will spend a few days in Boulder to check out the University of Colorado. The Buffaloes offered in June following one of their satellite camps and are recruiting him as an athlete.
“The coaching staff (at Colorado) is pretty good, and I would love to get in touch with them,” said Burns. “I want to see how they operate down there, see what the University is like and meet some of the professors to talk about my major and what I can get accomplished there. I want to see the new facilities they just built.”
In addition to Colorado and Wisconsin, Burns says Arizona, Arkansas State, Boston College, California, Nebraska, Oregon State, Utah, Washington and Washington State are all recruiting him hard. All the schools have offered. Burns’ goal is to have a top 12 list by the time his season starts.
“I’m going to take some officials in the fall,” said Burns. “There are three choices I am really locked in on. Wisconsin is one, Nebraska is another and then either Arizona, Cal or Oregon State is the third one. I’ll figure it out once it gets going, but I do plan on taking all five.”
After spending the early parts of summer going to different camps, Burns has spent the last few weeks locked down with his teammates and preparing for his upcoming senior season.
“Personally my goal is to get smarter and to help the kids that are coming up,” said Burns. “We’re trying to build a program and take pride in what we are doing. It’s not an individual sport. I really could care less about stats. I care about how my teammates are doing, how they come up and how they are playing. I want to make sure the younger kids are taking it seriously so we can have a great year and win a championship.”
Burns is rated a three-star prospect and the No.63 cornerback in the country by Scout.com.