Lorenzo Burns is more than just a cornerback for Temecula (CA) Linfield School; he’s a heartbeat of the team.
Playing a big part in his team’s 10-1 record, which includes an 83-6 win in Friday’s first-round playoff game, Burns led the team with 1,124 all-purpose yards in the regular season (672 rushing, 236 receiving, 181 punt return and 35 kick return).
He’s also thrown for 134 yards and a touchdown and registered 34 tackles on defense, the position most schools see him at in college.
“We were 7-5 last season, so it’s a great step from last year,” said Burns. “We are excited to make a run.”
After missing most of his sophomore season, Burns said last season was all about getting back in rhythm on the field. This past summer was all about improvement for the 5-11, 165-pound prospect, not to mention getting more comfortable and being able to play up to his level of expectations.
“I’m smarter on the field, when to play off and when to press, recognizing offensive patterns and tendencies and help out my linebackers and defensive linemen out, showing the young players on the team what their job is supposed to be because they have to carry on the legacy,” said Burns. “I feel I have grown and matured mentally on and off the field. I feel more comfortable than I did last year.”
While many prospects playing for championship-caliber teams push recruiting off until the end of their seasons, Burns says he’s been able to balance the two as he works on honing in on a decision. Holding close to 20 offers, Burns – a three-star prospect and the No.67 corner in the country by Scout.com - plans to start taking officials as soon as his season is done.
“I’ve been communicating with coaches and finding out what things are available,” said Burns. “I am excited to start my visits. That’s one of reasons I took unofficial visits over the summer, so I could see a couple more universities.”
“I contacted Coach Aranda (Thursday) to talk to him and now I’m just waiting on him for when I can go out there to take a visit,” said Burns.