High School Sports

American Heritage football star Brian Burns named to U.S. Army All-American Bowl

American Heritage senior defensive end Brian Burns received his official invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Wednesday at a ceremony at the school’s auditorium.

Burns (6-6, 215) becomes the fourth American Heritage player chosen to the event over the past three seasons. The game will be played Jan. 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio at 1 p.m. and televised on NBC. Burns is the fourth player from Broward chosen to the event, joining Coconut Creek’s Trayvon Mullen, Malek Young and Binjimen Victor.

Miami Central safety Jamel Cook will receive his invitation Thursday.

Burns joins Sony Michel (2013) and Torrance Gibson and Tavarus McFadden (2014) as former American Heritage players that participated in the event.

"When I first was invited it kind of hit me," Burns said. "I’ve watched other players I’ve looked up to have a chance to play in this game so it’s really a blessing."

Burns has not yet chosen a college destination and said he’s leaving some official visits until after the end of the high school season. Burns has numerous offers, but mentioned LSU, FSU, Alabama, Georgia and Florida as some of his most attractive options.

Burns has 55 tackles and a team-best 13.5 sacks so far this season. He and the Patriots begin vying to become Broward County’s first school to win three state football titles in a row Friday when they open the postseason at home against Fort Pierce Westwood in a Region 4-5A quarterfinal at 7:30 p.m.