Miami (Northwestern) defensive back Artie Burns committed to the University of Alabama last December. At the time, he said he was only about 80 percent committed to the Crimson Tide, and on Monday, he told TideNation that he is no longer committed to UA.
“I’ve been thinking about it,” Burns said. “Me, my coach and my mom, we had talked about it. They thought I should take my time and look at other schools, see what schools have a better opportunity for me. If I decommitted, it’s going to help me look at other schools better.”
The Florida native had visited Florida State and Miami since giving his verbal pledge to Alabama, and he has both the Hurricanes and Seminoles in his new top five along with Louisville, LSU and USC.
Although the Tide are not one of the five schools, he says they are still in contention for his services, and that he could even still wind up choosing Alabama.
“It’s a good school, but I’m just looking around to see what schools can compete,” Burns said. “If I can’t find a school that’s better than Alabama, I’m going to just have to go with Alabama.”
Burns talked with UA offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland on Monday to give him the news of his decision. Stoutland told Burns that Alabama wasn’t going to stop trying to recruit the ESPNU 150 Watch List star.
At this point, Burns has no visits set up because of track, but he plans to begin making trips over the summer. He and his high school team are scheduled to visit Tuscaloosa in July.
With the loss of Burns, the Crimson Tide now have eight commitments in their 2013 recruiting class.