November 12, 2008

California burner on Rams radar

With the commitment of California back Arby Fields to Northwestern this week, the Colorado State search for a running back becomes even more focused on getting a quality ballcarrier in the class of 2009. Corona (Cal.) running back Arthur Burns may fit the bill.

The 5-foot-10, 212-pound Burns features 4.4 speed, a bench press of 335 and a squat max of 525. Burns' college choices are only enhanced by a 1330 SAT and 3.1 GPA. He said he plans on majoring in either architecture or engineering. Currently Burns holds scholarship offers from Colorado State, Wyoming, Fresno State, Washington State and UNLV. He is also getting calls from UTEP.

The Centennial High running back has one regular season game left and a win would give the Huskies a 10-0 record going into the state playoffs.

"They (our chances of a title) look pretty good. We might end up winning the CIF (California state title)," Burns said. "The key to our season has just been execution and working on the small things, because the small things make up the big things."

When not on the field, Burns, the nephew of former Dallas Cowboys defensive back Artis Houston, has been busy setting up college visits. Washington State will be his first visit next weekend with a trip to Fort Collins coming the first week of December. A trip to UNLV should come before Christmas and Fresno is the destination the second week in January.

"I am just trying to find a place where I feel like I fit in," Burns said. I don't want to go anywhere that I am lonely or I don't get along with everyone."

Colorado State assistant coach Larry Lewis is the lead recruiter for Burns' services in Fort Collins. Burns said the two talk each Wednesday.

"I hear all the great things about CSU," Burns said. "The weather is not always the greatest, but they have a team that will be on the rise in the conference. I like the personality of all the coaches I have talked to and the situation I might be in. I want to play my freshman or sophomore year, just not ride the bench the whole year."

Burns added that he will likely make his decision at the end of all of his visits, although he may make a decision after the playoffs.

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