Linebacker Will Burns of Columbia, Md., is going to NextGen’s The Show, which is taking place in June, thanks to his prominent performance at the NextGen Baltimore Elite Showcase in April.
It’s a fine follow-up from last year, when he was a part of the state championship-winning Columbia Ravens in the Division I 14-U Mid-Maryland Youth Football Association, where he played outside linebacker and helped the Ravens win over the Leonardtown Wildcats 20-14. He made some key stops on defense when the Wildcats tried to stage a late comeback, and he also contributed on special teams.
“My favorite part of football is being able to hit people, and I like to compete with other people my age,” he said. As for being chosen to be a part of The Show, he said, “I was in shock and told myself I need to get better so I can perform well at The Show. It says that I have potential at playing football in high school and beyond.”
The 2023 athlete is 5’6”, 132 lbs. and runs a 5.3 40; he’s also a fan of a certain NFL Hall of Famer who played outside linebacker, too.
“I look up to Lawrence Taylor because the way he played on the field got his team hyped up, and they did better because of that,” he explained.
Burns enjoys playing wide receiver as well as linebacker because “I get to see the game on both sides of the ball,” he said.
While Burns lists his attributes as being able to anticipate a play before it is run and having a solid football IQ, he continues to work on one important aspect. “I am growing as a football player by maturing,” he noted. “Before, if something didn’t go my way, I would get mad. But now, I try to find ways to fix the situation so I can get better.”
Before the football season begins this fall, he plans to work on being more physical in one-on-one match-ups, as well as his speed and footwork. He is attending Foot Doctor workouts every week that will help increase his speed.
But for now, Burns is ready, willing and able to see how he stacks up against other attendees at The Show.
“I’m looking to competing with other people from different states,” he said.
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Article written by Tom Warnick.
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