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.
Georgia got involved thanks to his new Georgia roommate Jalen Kimber and that is a story DawgNation has already chronicled.
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.
Major Burns signed with Georgia back during the early period and enrolled in January as a midyear Bulldog. (Major Burns/Twitter)
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.