July 21, 2010

Devonta Burns ready to get to A&M now

With a 40-yard dash time of 4.48 seconds, it would suffice to say that Arlington Martin safety Devonta Burns has some speed. It's a good thing, too, when one considers what he's been up to this summer.

Besides a sparkling performance at Nike's national 7-on-7 tournament in Oregon earlier this month and daily workouts, there hasn't been much time for anything else. One thing he can't speed up, however, is time-much to his frustration.

"I've been hitting the weights real hard and running every day. I feel way faster and stronger," he said. "I'm just ready for the season to start. I want it to be here now."

Burns, a 2011 Texas A&M commit, said he'd talked to coach Charles McMillian recently and the coach had told him, "we can't wait to have you down here." The feeling is quite mutual.

"I've always wanted to go to A&M since my freshman year," he said. "The things that stuck out to me were the fans and the Wrecking Crew. I wanted to be a part of that."

Burns said that having the presence of one of the greatest members of the Wrecking Crew, Dat Nguyen, on coach Mike Sherman's staff was an added bonus.

"It feels real good to have him as one of my coaches, because I know he has so much experience in the game," he said.

Even though Burns has been an Aggie commit for several months, a number of other schools have still come calling.

"TCU was still coming around during the spring and OU and Oklahoma State offered in the spring," he said. "But it's A&M all the way. There's no looking back."

Instead of considering other schools, Burns-who describes himself as "Aggie Bound"-has taken to keeping close tabs on his fellow commits and nudging other possible scholarship candidates towards College Station.

"I talk to pretty much all the commits. I started talking to the kicker (Taylor Bertolet) after he committed the other day," he said. "I talk to Jalen Brown a lot. He says it's down to A&M and Tech and he'll make a decision before the season starts."

Burns said he's excited about the Aggies' chances, both this year and next.

"I really feel like this is going to be our year. Both this year and next year," he said. "I'm ready to get up there and play with anyone who's ready to win, like me."
And if they're fast?

"We're gonna have a lot of those," he said. "I know there's going to be a lot of speed this year and next. I can't wait."

Burns is a three-star recruit and rated the 22nd-best safety prospect in the nation by Rivals.com.

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