A colloquialism used by fervent supporters of the University of Oregon – meaning ‘Let’s Go Ducks!’ — it was the turn of phrase Connor Burns, the fourth MileSplit recruit in the class of 2023, to disembark on Monday to announce his commitment to the Ducks, as the National Letter of Intent period kicks off in November.
Burns can officially sign with Oregon on November 9, the first day the NIL opens for all NCAA Division I sports outside of football and basketball.
In a year of especially strong away recruits, Burns is among an elite crop that also includes Lex and Leo Young and Aaron Sahlman of Newbury Parks, Simeon Birnbaum of Rapid City Stevens and Rocky Hansen of Christ School.
The Southern Boone High School veteran became the 15th high school student to break four minutes on the mile in the 2022 season, setting a time of 3:58.83 (seventh best ever), and later set a Missouri state record in the 2022 season. 2 miles, setting a time of 8:45.00 in Brooks PR.
His standout season also included personal bests in the 800m (1:51.00), 1,600m (4:06.49), 3K (8:11.00) and 3,200m (8:48.76). Indoors, he scored 4:02.96 against high schoolers in February.
Of note is the fact that Burns is the son of Marc Burns, who coached the University of Missouri for eight seasons.
But over the past year, Connor has created his own buzz, battling Gary Martin during the mile race in June at the Festival of Miles, and then winning the 2 mile at Brooks PR. He also won his first 3,200m state title in May.
Connor becomes Oregon’s first major engagement after a highly successful tenure a season ago that included signings such as Rheinhardt Harrison and Josh Edwards.
As Oregon’s roster grows under new head coach Jerry Schumacher and depth becomes an important focus, Burns is expected to play a vital role in establishing the Ducks in the NCAA at every level.
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