Burns takes the field at the Westside Bowl on Oct. 17. (Courtesy of Mark Cooledge)
Burns takes the field at the Westside Bowl on Oct. 17.

Courtesy of Mark Cooledge

Burns aims to attract more Division I attention

November 11, 2019

Davis Burns has taken the city of El Paso by storm in the past two years. He has proven to be the best safety in the city, and one of the best in the state of Texas. Though his high school career is done, Burns’ football career is far from over.

Burns is not originally from El Paso, moving here the very end of his sophomore year. He came from San Jose, California, after his father received a coaching opportunity on the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) football team. Since then, Burns has had immediate impact on the football team.

“Moving here from San Jose wasn’t that hard of a transition for me,” Burns said. “El Paso is a lot different from California, so it just took a while to get used to.”

In his junior campaign, Burns racked up 100 total tackles, two interceptions, and 240 total receiving and rushing yards, playing both wide receiver and safety. He won 1st team All-District free Safety, 1st Team All-City Defensive Back, and Defensive Newcomer of the Year.

During his senior year, Burns has matched, and in some categories, nearly surpassed, his junior year stats. He has put up 101 total tackles, five interceptions, and 429 total receiving, rushing, and kick return yards. According to MaxPreps.com, Burns ranks 13th in the state of Texas in tackles.

“He makes the defense better by being a team player and always being there for his teammates,” senior Dallas Slaughter said. “He’s definitely one of the most important pieces of our defense and its success.”

With some impressive stats, Burns has been able to gain great Division I attention. Though he only has one official offer from UTEP, he has interests from schools like University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, and the University of Nevada. He is hoping to pick up some offers from bigger DI schools before signing day.

Courtesy of Mark Cooledge
Burns celebrates a touchdown with his offensive linemen.

“My plan after graduating from Coronado is to go play college football at the DI level,” Burns said. “After that, I’d like to become a college football coach like my dad.”

In his free time, Burns enjoys hanging out with friends, working out, and playing video games.

The 6’1 safety is on pace to having one of the better seasons in school history and is hoping to gain a lot more attention from other schools. Davis Burns marked his last high school game on Nov. 8.

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Reed Medlock is a senior who has been in newspaper for two years.  His favorite part of newspaper is interviewing athletes from different Coronado sports...

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