Major Burns enrolled early at Georgia earlier this month. He was from Louisiana. He played his high school ball in Baton Rouge.
But he wound up going rogue from those Tigers that play in his hometown. He was committed to Texas A&M at one time, then to LSU. He de-committed from LSU abruptly right before the early signing period.
Burns went from LSU commit on Dec. 10 to de-commit on Dec. 11 to Georgia signee on Dec. 17. He was enrolled at UGA on Jan. 6. A crucial official visit to UGA should be wedged in there as well. It came on the last weekend prior to the early period.
Quite the whirlwind. But that’s not the story to share about Burns today. Not on the day of a very special birthday in his family.
The book on Burns can come easy in a few clicks. His junior film is a good place to start. But Burns didn’t make a senior reel.
That’s typical of an elite prospect who already had all the offers and college interest he could ever dream for.
The final 247Sports Composite rankings for Burns read like this: Nation’s No. 13 safety. No. 180 overall prospect. No. 7 player in Louisiana.
Did LSU have room for Burns in its class? Signs do point to that, but that is of little concern to this narrative.
His prospect status took a slight dip. Likely because he skipped the Under Armour All-American Game. Other prospects had more chances to impress on a national stage.
Burns chose to soak up more time with family. That made sense. Especially his situation. Family is his priority. It will always likely be.
The story to read about Burns today is about family, a father’s love, being a son and wanting to make Dad proud.
We all want that, right? The new Georgia Bulldogs burns for that.
That’s the thing Georgia fans need to associate with this new Bulldog. Not the famous name that invokes memories for older Bulldog fans of that famous 1980s “M.A.S.H.” sitcom.
Burns will grind to make his father Tony Burns proud. Always. Even after his father tragically passed away at the age of 51.
Check out the words from his initial commitment video to LSU. That video was produced by TigerDetails.com and it will perfectly capture why this young man will succeed in life.
That’s the real clip to watch in regard to Burns.
Let me start by saying how much I wish you were here.
One of the core building blocks we relied on for stability was pulled from my feet when I was only 16 years old.
Life didn’t wait for me. I had to move forward without your physical guidance and presence. I had to clear the obstacles blocking the path you laid out for me.
Every camp. Every rep. Every game.
You were there.
I am here today because of you.
We walk this journey together and I know you will be by my side for the next chapter.
This is for you, Dad. Welcome to our new home. Go Tigers!
The pictures. The subtle melody. The sound of “we’ve got to want it right here” in the background.
It tells the Major Burns story far better than mere words about who he was committed to. Or rankings.
Or his status on the “All-Name” team for the next few years in the SEC.
Tony Burns passed away on July 28, 2018. The Baton Rouge Advocate reported that he battled sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease, and contracted pneumonia.
When the script of his recruiting story changed to a new team on his early signing day, his thoughts were still with his father. TigerDetails.com reporter Jerit Roser captured this moment, too.
— Jerit Roser (@JeritRoser) December 18, 2019
Burns thanked his mother, his brother, his family, his pastor and the entire Madison Prep school community.
At the 51-second mark of that video clip, he thought of his father. It was a happy day, but it was not an easy day.
“I want to thank my father even though he is not here with me today,” Major Burns said. “He made me the man that I am.”
He spoke for about eight seconds before all the joy and love and hurt and grief and pride all caught up with him. He was still his father’s son.
There was a 10-second pause. Burns didn’t have to say anything else. That’s when all the Madison Prep Chargers in the room started clapping. His mother, Choretta Burns, came over to support him. Like she always has.
Then he continued. He wore a red Georgia sweatshirt. There were no hats on the table. No ceremony or suspense to this announcement.
“For the next three or four years, I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at the University of Georgia,” he said.
Burns then put a “Power G” hat on. He let it all sink in and blew a kiss out to the crowd. And then he starting acting like a ‘Dawg.
“Woof woof woof,” he barked.
With that, he signed his letter of intent for that ceremony. A school official then shared her thoughts on Burns.
“I would just like to thank Mrs. Burns and the Burns family for trusting us with such a genuine, kind-hearted and unique child. I’m excited about his decision.”
The video clip ends at that point. But that message was already clear about what he will bring to the University of Georgia.
When it was time for him to report to UGA, he stayed up all night on the drive. He wanted to see the whole road on his way to Athens.
Georgia thank you for taking me in with open arms, let’s get to work!!#GoDawgs!!❤️🐶
— 2️⃣.0️⃣ (@majorburns6) December 17, 2019
Major Burns: A reason to honor his father on this day
Tony Burns was 51 years old when he passed. He was born on January 29, 1967.
Burns chose to honor his father today on his birthday via social media. Like he does on a lot of days.
Happy bday to my pops🙏🏾💙
— 2️⃣.0️⃣ (@majorburns6) January 29, 2020
If your name not on it you don’t own it pops taught me that💯
— 2️⃣.0️⃣ (@majorburns6) January 28, 2020
This season dedicated to my pops🙏🏾
— 2️⃣.0️⃣ (@majorburns6) January 23, 2020
Confidence on 100 but still the most humble person you will ever meet.
— 2️⃣.0️⃣ (@majorburns6) January 8, 2020
Told moms have no worries your son gone handle business.❤️
— 2️⃣.0️⃣ (@majorburns6) January 8, 2020
I’m so thankful for everything I know people have worse situations then me.🙏🏾
— 2️⃣.0️⃣ (@majorburns6) January 1, 2020
We all strong and fast but let me see what your heart about⛓❗️
— 2️⃣.0️⃣ (@majorburns6) December 27, 2019
— 2️⃣.0️⃣ (@majorburns6) December 18, 2019
— 2️⃣.0️⃣ (@majorburns6) December 7, 2019
I can imagine my pops smiling rite now I miss that guy. #Rip🙏🏾
— 2️⃣.0️⃣ (@majorburns6) November 14, 2019
The freshman safety is already excelling in winter workouts. Turning heads. Challenging guys.
He was a former QB at Madison Prep, but he moved to the defensive side of the ball and acquired a rep for being a hard hitter. Even with a no-doubt baby face inside that helmet.
Burns aspires to write a book one day. He has certainly shown the ability to do just that. Just take a look at his LSU de-commitment tweet and note.
— 2️⃣.0️⃣ (@majorburns6) December 11, 2019
Life is like a book.
No matter where you think the next chapter may lead you, it can take you in an entirely different direction.
I’m writing my own book. The chapters written so far were mostly out of my hands, but as I’ve grown, I control the pen.
I’ve enjoyed my time as an LSU commit, making a lot of lasting relationships along the way, but its time to turn the page and move on to the next chapter. I am officially an uncommitted prospect.
A few clips from his senior year are embedded via this tweet below. It shows that DawgNation will have a lot to look forward to when he is ready to line up in Kirby Smart’s secondary.
Remember the name. Not because of a sitcom character. But because of who he plays for.
Tony Burns would have been 53 years old today. May he rest in peace.
— 2️⃣.0️⃣ (@majorburns6) November 30, 2019