Position: Running Back
Previous College: None
Status: On Scholarship
Tyler Cole(b. Sept. 9, 1996) is a dynamic athlete who originally signed with K-State out of high school in 2015, but deferred his enrollment to January. He rushed eight times for 23 yards and two touchdowns in the spring.
Burns' older brother, Morgan, was a captain and 2015 All- kick returner for the Wildcats. They won't play together because Morgan never redshirted. Now Tyler will compete to get on the field as a true freshman, too.
He played for Trinity Academy under head coach Jared McDaniel; was rated the eighth-best prospect in the state of Kansas by ESPN.com in 2015; was an All-Class 4A-II selection as both a running back and defensive back by The Wichita Eagle as a senior in 2014; and earned all-state honors as a running back from The Topeka Capital-Journal.
Burns picked up honorable mention all-state accolades in both 2012 and 2013, then rushed for 1,662 yards and scored 26 touchdowns as a senior. Following graduation, he was selected to play in the 2015 Kansas Shrine Bowl.
He was named the Central Plains League MVP in 2013 and 2014; was a first-team all-league running back as a sophomore, junior and senior; and also earned honorable mention all-league honors as a defensive back in 2013.
Burns is fast, but not quite as fast as his older brother. Watch Tyler's impressive high school highlights below: