Junior Day primer: Ryan Burns

Last summer, elite 2013 quarterback prospect Ryan Burns visited Stanford with his father to participate in a Cardinal football camp. After an impressive showing, he earned an offer. Next weekend, Burns will make his second trip to The Farm to participate in Stanford's Junior Day.

"I'm really excited about next week," Ryan Burns said. "This will be my second time out, and it's pretty important that my mom comes out too."

Although he was only in Palo Alto for the camp and didn't stay for Junior Day, Burns was impressed with what he saw.

"I actually got to watch a 7-on-7 and I got to talk to Andrew Luck a little bit, so that was crazy last summer, that was a dream come true," Burns said. "The guys seem like really good men and it's just a fantastic atmosphere."

Burns hopes to get better acquainted with Stanford on this visit.

"[I hope to] just get a feel for the guys, the atmosphere a little better and meet some of the players and ask them a few questions about how they like the school," Burns said. "It's just a great place and I'd like to find out a little more about it."

Burns has already gotten to know several of his potential future teammates. He's been in touch with a few 2012 recruits, including Graham Shuler and Aziz Shittu.

"I met Graham Shuler yesterday, in fact," Burns said. "Graham actually flew up to the funeral [honoring Cameron Carter, sister of 2012 football recruit Alex Carter]. "I got to meet him, great guy. I've also been talking to Aziz Shittu a little bit on Facebook. They're both really great guys. That whole class seems like they're really clicking together and very close already, so it's pretty amazing."

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound gunslinger has also formed a strong rapport with several Stanford coaches.

"I was actually about to call Coach Pep Hamilton right now, right after I talk to you, he's been mostly my recruiter, but I've talked to Coach Shaw a lot too," Burns said. "Those are the two main guys. I also keep in touch with Coach Sanford as well. He came by my school a little while ago. They're all great coaches and great guys I can't wait to see next week."

Burns, who has offers from Penn State, Virginia, Boston College, Rutgers, West Virginia and Tennessee, said he hopes to commit within the next few months.

"I definitely want to do it earlier," Burns said. "I was thinking really soon, actually, but I've taken more visits and the whole thing has gotten a little tougher. I'm hoping early summer, late spring, sometime around there."

Burns said academics and coaching quality will factor heavily into his choice.

"I think coaches who can get me ready right now for playing on the field and eventually if I feel like [the program] can take me to the next level, stuff like that," Burns said. "Most important, I feel, are the academics. Stanford obviously has excellent academics, so that's definitely a plus for them."

Burns, who reports a 3.92 GPA, hasn't spent much time talking with the coaches about Stanford's admissions process, but thinks he'll learn more during the visit.

"We're probably going to talk about it a lot more next week, but not too much, just talking about the kind of classes I need to take to get in and the kind of grades and stuff like that," Burns said.

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