Just days before early signing day, Tim Burns Jr. took to social media, asking for anyone interested in making him a commitment edit, hinting that a decision was finalized. Fast-forward to the present day, and the three-star cornerback’s recruitment is officially over, announcing that he’ll be playing at UAB.
“I’m very blessed to be in the shoes I am in now,” Burns said via Twitter.
A 2021 prospect out of Miami Northwestern Senior High School, Burns took his time making the right decision, over one month after he had de-committed from Miami. For the 5-foot-10, 145-pound player, it was all about creating a relationship with the Blazers’ players and coaches.
“Every day was communication,” Burns told 305 Sports in a phone call interview. “Every day it was text, it was something different. It wasn’t on some one-day week talk, next week don’t talk at all. Communication was there.”
According to Burns, fellow teammate and UAB commit Antwan Massie played a factor in his commitment, along with Blazers cornerback coach Jay Simpson.
Burns’ senior season was minimized due to COVID-19, finishing with just one interception in five games. However, his junior campaign showcased the potential he truly possesses, breaking up 11 passes and intercepting five.
Burns looks to add that to the Blazers’ program.
“They’re gonna get the best out of me as a player,” he said. “As a teammate, I’m gonna give my teammates 100% of me, just being me, playing me. Overall, I’m gonna make sure I’m the best student on and off the field once I get there.”
Burns, who will sign this upcoming Wednesday, has no plans on looking back at those who doubted him. Rather, he hopes to make them truly acknowledge the type of player he is, and the talent they passed on.
“I just want to show them what they’re gonna be missing,” he said.