SAN TAN VALLEY

Zion Burns knows where the next chapter of his football career is going to take him, even if he doesn’t know what his senior season will look like.

Burns, heading into his senior year at Poston Butte, made a verbal commitment to play football at the University of Nevada following a campus visit in March.

“The college and the atmosphere, it just felt like the right decision for me and my family,” Burns said. “It just felt like home to me when I was there, so I decided, why wait.”

Last year, Burns led the Broncos in rushing with 1,542 yards on 158 carries and scored 20 touchdowns while averaging 171 yards per game and 9.8 yards per carry.

During his campus visit March 7, Burns loved everything from the weight rooms to the facilities to head coach Jay Norvell and defensive backs coach Brian Ward.

“When I went up to campus to visit, I loved everything about it,” he said. “It was the perfect fit with the atmosphere.”

Burns added he was lucky to have his visit when he did. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, coaches have been contacting recruits through social media. He said the pandemic has canceled campus visits until July.

“Twitter has been a big thing for recruiting,” he said.

Burns, who is not sure of a major at the moment, is leaning to studying business. And he’s ready for his senior season at Poston Butte.

Last year the Broncos finished 5-5, barely missing the 4A state playoffs. For Burns, he said with his college decision out of the way, he will concentrate and focus on the season ahead.

“I’m still going to go 110% and try and be the best back I can be,” he said. “But the whole stressful part is out, I just have to wait and sign now.”

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