After a trip to Stanford last year, Burns felt as though he had found the right spot for him. And during an unofficial visit there this week, Burns gave an oral commitment to the Cardinal, saying he could find almost nothing wrong with the school and program.
“Everything about it is perfect,” Burns said. “ It seemed like the perfect fit for me. From academics to football, everything is perfect in my mind. It was an easy decision really.”
As a junior Burns completed 90 of 206 passes for 1,801 yards, 13 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in his first season as a starter for Stone Bridge, which lost to South County in the Virginia AAA Northern Region Div. 5 semifinals.
Burns is the second Ashburn player to commit to Stanford recently, following Briar Woods All-Met defensive back Alex Carter. The junior joked he would try to help continue the pipeline by wooing Bulldogs All-Met teammate Jonathan Allen, a highly-recruited defensive end with offers from Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan and Stanford, among others.
Burns went on a visit with his parents this weekend, taking a tour of the campus and facilities, sitting in on meetings and going to a faculty lunch where he spoke with department heads. “It gets you excited about academics, not just football,” Burns said.
Listed as the No. 47 ranked recruit in the country by Rivals.com, Burns also had offers from Virginia, Maryland, Boston College, Penn State, Rutgers, West Virginia and Tennessee, but felt there was no need to continue the process when he had already found the right fit
“With all these recruiters coming in with recruiting period coming, it’s hard to talk to some of those guys and to say, ‘I’m really looking,’ when honestly I have my decision [made],” Burns said. “It’s really what I felt and I’m glad it’s my decision.”
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