Trinity Academy's Morgan Burns was one of the top high school running backs in the state last fall with 1,338 rushing yards, 16 touchdowns and a gaudy 10-yard per carry average. He also led the team with five interceptions as a defensive back.
Burns will sign today to play for Bill Snyder at Kansas State. Burns said he will be a gray shirt — he won't be on scholarship in the fall but will receive one next January.
"They're going to bring me in as a defense back," Burns said. "But the coaches said a lot can change in a year. They might need a running back, a receiver or even a safety. I'm just going to work hard and do my best and fit in wherever they need me."
Burns will be the first Trinity Academy football player to sign with a Division I school. Trinity coach Tyler Ryan said that even the Kansas fans around the Trinity are eager to show their support for Burns.
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"I've heard a number of people say 'well I guess I will have to buy a K-State shirt now,' because they just want to support Morgan because he's such a great kid," Ryan said. "Our administration, the coaches and everyone here at Trinity is proud of him."
Burns picked Kansas State over Colorado State. Oklahoma State and Iowa State showed some interest in Burns, but he said the decision to play for K-State boiled down to the program's values.
"The coaches are really positive and they focus in on the family aspect of the team," Burns said. "I have people down there outside of football that can mentor me and help me."
Burns' older brother is a student at Kansas State, and he said that on his visits the environment was inviting.
"I think the opportunity to play Division I football at a respected program like Kansas State and being close to home was a very important thing for Morgan," Ryan said. "He's very excited about that fact."