Miami Football Recruiting: 4-Star CB Makes Big Mistake Choosing Canes over LSU
And in the case of 4-star cornerback Artie Burns, it's a dumb one. Burns gave his verbal commitment to his hometown Miami Hurricanes despite having offers from USC, Florida State and his "dream team," LSU.
In the video below at his press conference announcing the decision, Burns said he gave up on his dream.
"I really wanted to go to LSU, that was my dream school, but I'm going to give up my dream and I'm gonna attend the University of Miami," Burns said.
Wow, that's not exactly thrilling to hear if you're a Miami Hurricanes fan. If Burns' heart isn't in it and he has any doubt whatsoever, can you be certain he will give 110 percent on every play? If he doesn't because of any lingering regret, the Hurricanes will be better off without him.
And as for the impact the decision will have on Burns, well, he might have given up any hopes of winning a national championship. Let's face it: Miami isn't the powerhouse it used to be, and LSU looks to be a contender every year. Just in the past three seasons, LSU has won 33 games to Miami's 22.
And with the new allegations involving Miami recruiting, who knows what the future holds for the Hurricanes?
Yahoo! Sports recently reported that a former football employee helped assist Miami in recruiting, which is against NCAA rules. If these allegations turn out to be true, Miami will be in a world of hurt...again. That's what you call an "unstable future," and that's exactly what Burns will be walking into.
Rather than playing for national championships at LSU, Burns might find himself guilty by association and could quite possibly never get a chance at winning a title. A little too young to be giving up on his dreams, wouldn't you think?
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