The time has come for Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside quarterback Kodi Burns to announce his college decision at a 2 p.m. Thursday at a press conference at Northside High.
The 6-foot-2, 194-pounder, the nation's ninth-ranked dual-threat quarterback prospect and the third-ranked overall prospect in the Natural State in this year's class will pick between two Southeastern Conference programs that currently are battling it out for the West division title this season, the Auburn Tigers, and the in-state Arkansas Razorbacks.
Burns is scheduled to take a visit to Auburn this weekend. The Tigers play host to Georgia. As of Monday, that visit was still on.
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"I'm still going to Auburn this weekend for sure," Burns told AuburnSports.com "Coach (Tuberville) texted me (Sunday) and I talked to (recruiting) coach Hugh Nall and I'm still planning on going."
For the Razorbacks, offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn is Burns' recruiter of record. Al Borges and Nall are leading the charge for Auburn.
Veteran talent scout Randy Rodgers got the opportunity to review Burns on film prior to his senior year and came away impressed.
"(Kodi Burns) is a good dual-threat quarterback prospect because he acts, reacts, and looks like a running back when he carries the ball," Rodgers said. "He has far more acceleration and burst than some of the others in this year's class I have seen. Burns also has terrific feet and can make tacklers miss, he has a loose arm motion, but can snap off throws under pressure and throws well on the run in addition to having plenty of velocity when his feet are set.
"He will be instant excitement for any program needing someone to play early."
Burns was named first-team all state by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette his junior year and was the paper's Offensive Player of the year as a sophomore. He also held scholarship offers from Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Kansas and Kansas State, among others.
Burns in all-star game
Burns also was recently named to and confirmed for the inaugural Offense-Defense All-American Bowl which will be held at 5 p.m. Jan. 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and televised live by ESPNU. Rivals.com is the official selection partner of the bowl game. Burns will participate as a quarterback for the West squad.