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Mandatory recruiting seminar Feb. 8

Former Thomas County Central High School and Georgia Tech star running back Joe Burns will be conducting a National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) recruiting seminar Monday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bainbridge High School Gymnasium.

Burns went on to play four years with the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League,

Bearcats head football coach and Decatur County School System athletic director Ed Pilcher, who Burns played for at Thomas County Central, says the recruiting seminar is an event that all BHS athletes must attend.

“Our BHS athletes must attend the seminar, and we urge them to bring their parents,” Pilcher said. “Athletes, parents and coaches attending the seminar will learn what it takes to become a collegiate athlete from Joe Burns, who works for the National Collegiate Scouting Association as an educational speaker.”

At Central, Burns lettered four years in football and two years in track. During his final two high school years, he rushed 4,547 yards and 56 touchdowns and, as a senior, he was named the Georgia Player of the Year and a “USA Today” honorable mention All-USA selection.

At Georgia Tech, Burns was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) running back, and he left as the fourth leading rusher in school history.

Burns, who retired from the Buffalo Bills in 2006, now educates high school athletes and families across the country on the college recruiting process.