LSU Football: Major Burns’ decision should be a sign to other in-state recruits

LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron -- Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron -- Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

LSU football received some great news on Tuesday afternoon.

Former four-star recruit Major Burns, a defensive back from Baton Rouge who signed with the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2020 recruiting cycle, announced on Tuesday that he’s transferring to LSU.

Burns was rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 13 safety in the 2020 recruiting class and the No. 7 player in Louisiana.

As a true freshman in 2020, Burns played in six games for the Bulldogs. He made five total tackles,  including three against Florida.

Major Burns’ decision to transfer to LSU football should be a sign for other in-state recruits

According to Tiger Details’ Julie Boudwin, the reason Burns decided to transfer to LSU is simple.

His heart was still in Baton Rouge with his family.

That shouldn’t come as a surprise. LSU is a special place and the program rarely lets elite in-state recruits slip away (especially recruits from Baton Rouge).

Burns actually committed to the Tigers during the summer of 2019, but he ended up signing with Georgia instead of LSU.

The decision by Burns should serve as a notice to elite in-state recruits that are considering leaving the state.

Playing for LSU — one of the premier programs in all of college football — is special for any football player.

But when an in-state recruit plays for LSU — it’s even more special.

Programs like Alabama and Georgia may be attractive to recruits. And they may offer some things that LSU doesn’t offer (though I’m not sure what). But I don’t think there’s any player from Louisiana that has regretted signing with LSU.

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There are likely plenty of others, however, that regretted not signing with LSU.

And that’s not a mistake that a young player wants to make.