Alabama commit picking up interest

Defensive back Artie Burns (Miami/Northwestern) committed to the University of Alabama in December, but that hasn’t stopped the in-state schools, in particular Florida State and Miami, from recruiting him.

Burns remains solid to the Crimson Tide but admitted that he’s still looking at other schools. He’s taken two visits to Miami and one to Florida State since his commitment. Florida, USC and West Virginia have also offered him scholarships.

The ESPNU 150 Watch List member has been staying in contact with the UA coaching staff, calling assistant coach Jeff Stoutland, his main recruiter, once a week.

“He’s just been reminding me about Alabama and how it’s a great place to be,” Burns said.

Burns has also been keeping in touch with his former high school teammate Amari Cooper, an early enrollee in the Tide’s 2012 class who is now living in Tuscaloosa.

“He’s said it’s good up there,” Burns said. “The coaches take care of him and make him feel at home. He’s gaining weight so he can become a better receiver.”

Burns plans to visit Alabama in April when the Tide plays their spring game.

In the meantime, he won’t be able to take any other visits because his track season is just beginning. In his first meet today, Burns claimed victory in the 200-meter dash and 800-meter dash. On Saturday, he plans to race in the 110-meter hurdles, the 300-meter hurdles and the 4x400-meter relay.

“Track helps me with my speed so I can cover the field better in football.”