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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Burns still pursued by FSU, LSU

By Corey Dowlar

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Artie Burns (Miami/Northwestern), just like the majority of prospects at the Under Armour All-America Game, was blown away as he went through the line to pick out his new gear.

From new cleats to gloves, Under Armour supplies it all, and in amounts Burns has never before experienced.

"It feels good now," Burns said. "I've never been given this kind of stuff before.

"All of the stuff is new and nobody has worn it yet."

Though the 6-foot, 183-pound ESPN 150 prospect is committed to Miami (Fla.), Florida State and LSU remain in contact with him. Both schools would like him at corner, while the Hurricanes say he can play some safety, too.

"I haven't talked to them because it is the dead period," Burns said of FSU. "They tell me they want me and want me to play corner. LSU wants me at corner, too. Their coaching staff."

As far as officials go, Burns doesn't have any set up. That could change, but not in a big way.

"None right now," he said. "I might take one to Miami."

The biggest draw of the upcoming week, whether in practice or the UA Game, which kicks off at 5 p.m. ET Friday live on ESPN from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., is being able to play on a big stage with everyone watching.

"Playing in front of national TV," Burns said. "I have some family and friends coming in, too."