It isn't often a backup his junior season would get an offer this early in the recruiting process. Usually that player would have to wait until he gets some serious senior season footage to D-I schools, but in the case of running back Arthur Burns (5-11, 212, 4.4) from Corona (Calif.) Centennial that's not the case.
Burns backed up Arizona State bound all-state running back Ryan Bass a year ago, but Wyoming saw enough in Burns to offer him earlier this week.
"I was ecstatic when I got the Wyoming offer," Burns said. "The first thing I did when I found out was call my mom.
"It makes me feel good that people were paying attention," Burns said. "That means I wasn't only in Ryan's shadow, but that I had my own image."
It won't be too surprising if more offers roll in before the spring rolls out. Centennial head coach opened a spring practice for college coaches most of the Pac 10, plus coaches from the Mountain West and WAC were also on hand.
Burns had a very impressive performance and colleges were taking notice. Besides Wyoming, colleges such as Cal, San Diego State, UNLV and Fresno State are showing interest.
"Arthur has an excellent combination of speed and power," Centennial coach Matt Logan said. "Once colleges really see what he can do, he's going to be multiple offer guy."
As a junior, Burns rushed for 511 yards and scored 10 touchdowns in his backup roll.
What is Burns looking for in a school?
"First the school will have to be strong in major, which is going to be architectural engineering," Burns said. "Second will be the location of the school.
"I wouldn't mind getting out of California for college," Burns said. "I've been in California all of my life."
If USC or UCLA would offer and show interest in him, he would be interested in the two local schools, but still leaving the area is attractive to him.