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Wilmington’s Derrick Burns commits to Pitt

Written by: on Sunday, February 22nd, 2009


Wilmington Area won its first PIAA football championship a little more than two months ago.  But the Greyhounds will be sending a second athlete down Interstate 79 to the University of Pittsburgh.

Derrick Burns, the brother of former Wilmington running back Chris Burns, verbally committed to the Panthers February 17th, according to

Burns’ verbal commitment is listed on Rivals as a “hard verbal.”  Even though verbal commitments are non-binding, a hard verbal means that the Wilmington senior-to-be likely won’t be fielding any more offers from other Division-1 colleges.

Derrick Burns was used as a wingback in Wilmington’s Power Wing-T offense during his sophomore season.  He ran for 752 yards and six touchdowns in 2007.

Burns moved to the feature back position this past season.  He responded to the increased work load, totaling 1,530 yards and 23 touchdowns.  One of Burns’ best games came in the PIAA semifinals against Aliquippa – a game in which #27 ran for 170 yards and a touchdown.

In the state championship game against West Catholic, Burns carried the ball 14 times for 46 yards, and scored a pair of touchdowns.

Derrick Burns is 1,718 yards shy of 4,000 rushing yards in his career.  Wilmington hasn’t had a career 4,000-yard rusher since Blair Sweet in 1988.  Sweet finished with 4,451 yards, which stands as the school record to this day.

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