June 10, 2013

Burns continues to impress

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With his dominant performances at various camps over the past two months, Danny Burns has built himself quite the reputation. And it's one that was only enhanced with his efforts at Ohio State's position camp on Sunday.

The Fairfield, Ohio native and 2014 offensive tackle prospect looked as good as -- if not better than -- every other offensive lineman that participated in Sunday's camp. With Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer and offensive line coach Ed Warinner intently watching, the 6-foot-6, 321-pounder routinely sent opposing defensive linemen to the ground as he attempted to obtain his 18th Division-I scholarship offer.

"I think I did very well, especially in my one-on-one periods. The thing I want to work on the most is my footwork and my punching. I think I did good," Burns said. "I got coaches' feedback saying I actually did pretty well."

Burns is yet to have been offered by Ohio State, but he remains on the Buckeyes' radar. It's no secret that Meyer wants to bring in an offensive line-heavy class in 2014, and the OSU coach has already secured commitments from Marcelys Jones and Kyle Trout.

Although the Buckeyes' coaches are also actively pursuing offensive linemen Jamarco Jones, Damian Prince, and Demetrius Knox, there stands reason to believe that Burns could eventually land an OSU offer. Interest in Burns from other schools has skyrocketed as of late, thanks to performances like the one he put on in Cincinnati in April, when he was named the Rivals Camp Series offensive line MVP.

Should the Buckeyes decide to offer Burns a scholarship, they'd be battling the likes of West Virginia, Louisville, Nebraska, and Michigan State for his services.

"I really like Michigan State. They're one of my top schools right now," Burns said. "I was actually up there last weekend and I was really impressed with everything. I'm thinking about going back there this Wednesday for one of their camps."

The three-star prospect said that he hopes to make a commitment to a school before August. It's hard to imagine the Buckeyes not playing a major factor in his recruitment process if they decide to offer him, as Ohio State seems to possess what he is looking for.

"I'm looking for how close the university is from home, how big the football team is, and if the university excels academically in what I want to study," he said said.

Burns will attend Alabama's camp next week and says that he plans on visiting Maryland, Nebraska, Marshall, Iowa State, and Purdue this summer. Regardless of whether or not an offer from OSU ever comes, he said that he'll view his experience at the Buckeyes' camp as a positive one.

"These are obviously the best players in the country and going against them is just like a privilege," Burns said. "To basically be coached by some of the best coaches in the country is an honor."

Burns, however, remains hopeful that the Buckeyes will offer him a scholarship. And judging by the reaction he received from the OSU coaches, his efforts on Sunday only increased the chances of that indeed happening.

"I talked to Coach Warinner after the camp today and he said that he would be in touch," he said. "Maybe we'll get a call from him later this week."


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