UVa Checks in on Elite Florida Running Back

Robert Burns

Robert Burns continues to reel in offers. The Miami (Fla.) Gulliver Prep running back picked up an offer from Virginia recently and the elite 2017 running back has a connection to the Wahoos. Burns talks about the ‘Hoos and more with Scout.com.

Robert Burns is one of the hottest 2017 prospects in Florida. The Miami (Fla.) Gulliver Prep running back already holds double-digit offers, and recently picked up an offer from the Wahoos.

"I was just in the office and talking to one of my coaches (when I found out about the UVa offer)," he said. "I knew Virginia had come to practice, I remember watching them at practice, and my coach just told me.

Although, the Wahoos is one of Burns' newest offers, he is very familiar with the Cavaliers.

"It felt great, knowing that a school like Virginia came out to practice and found interest in you. Another good thing is my coach actually went there, which is another big thing.

"Our coach has pictures of when he was at Virginia all over his office. Another thing I like about Virginia, is in the upcoming years, they are restructuring their offense a little bit, I think they are including a little bit more running.

"(Also academics) that definitely is something that will be on the top of the list when it comes to the decision."

Burns is also very intrigued by the way coach Mike London and company will be using Taquan Mizzell this season. The sophomore UVa back is expected to play in a variety of roles, and with the recent NFL draft showing no running backs taken in the first round, Burns wants to become a more versatile athlete.

"I think that's what makes a running back unique: can you catch in the backfield, can you line up at a slot position. We all know that the game is a passing game now; it is obvious that no running back went in the first round, so you have to have versatility.

"It just makes me want me to develop into an overall offensive players…I want to be able to line up at the wide receiver position."

Burns offer list remains quite impressive. The 5-foot-11, 205 pounder's offer list includes programs like: Florida State, Miami, Clemson, Ohio State, Syracuse, Tennessee, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

"It is a great feeling knowing that your hard work is paying off and that people are paying attention how much effort you are paying to the game.

"I'm just being open with the process and taking as much information as I can."

Burns will hit the road this summer to begin visiting a variety of schools.

"This summer we are going on a college recruitment tour with probably 8 different guys and we are probably hitting up 30 different schools.

"We are going to Duke, Ohio State, South Carolina, Florida, Florida State, so pretty much most of the schools on the east coast," he joked.

Burns maintains he has no favorites, and has no plans to trim his list currently.

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