January 24th, 2016

Trinity's Burns flips commitment to Ohio State

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Paul Najjar

Senior Writer


Trinity's Burns flips commitment to Ohio State
Rodjay Burns (on ground with ball) gets mobbed by teammates after holding on to a touchdown pass and taking a big hit vs. Male in 2015 playoff game / photo by Paul Najjar / cover: file photo by Forde Womack

With one click of his Twitter account, Trinity Shamrocks All-State defensive back/wide receiver Rodjay Burns announced that he is de-committing from Louisville and plans now to attend Ohio State.

Announced at 9:32 p.m. Sunday night from his RoddyB_ (@NextBig_Thing10) Twitter account, Burns wrote: “I have decided to de-commit from UofL and i will be playing for The Ohio State University.”

The outstanding two-way player was a key cog in Trinity’s 2014 state championship team. He was the team’s leading receiver in 2015 and was a threat to score as a receiver, returner and defender.

His 2015 stats for the 11-2 Rocks were impressive. To note, Burns did the following:

  • --caught 44 passes for 744 yards (16.9 yards per catch) and 14 touchdowns.
  • --carried the ball nine times for 88 yards (9.8 yards per carry).
  • --returned 15 punts for 193 total yards (12.9 yards per return) and had an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown.
  • --returned four kickoffs for 98 yards (24.5 yards per return).
  • --intercepted four passes for 26 return yards.

The seventh of 14 children in an extended family, Burns had plenty of models to look up to in his youth. His father Roderick played at Doss and then at Campbellsville University. His cousin Tashawn McBroom was a standout wide receiver and Trinity’s record-holder for most receiving yards (until James Quick broke his record in 2011).

He was a freshman on the 2012 state championship team and watched two teammates who have succeeded on the next level every day in practice. Ryan White, now a Vanderbilt defensive back, and Louisville wide receiver James Quick battled at the Trinity practices every day. Here’s what Burns said he learned from watching them.

“Ryan White dominated at practice every day,” Burns said. “He was so serious and so focused. Watching him taught me a lot about preparing and doing all I can to get better every day. James would get in his work, but he liked to have fun. From him I learned how important it was to have a little fun during those long practice sessions.”

The hard-hitting, big-play-making Burns is not certain yet where he will play at Ohio State, but he told LouisvilleCatholicSports.com before his senior season the following:

“I love hitting. I love contact,” he said. Which do you prefer? “The hitting; definitely the hitting,” he immediately responded.

So the thought here is that Urban Meyer and his staff has found another playmaker to add to the back end of the OSU defense, not to mention an electric returner of punts and kicks. 

 

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