"To be honest, it was pretty unexpected,'' Burns said. "I hadn't had too much contact with Rutgers before the offer.''
But since then, the 6-foot-7, 230-pound Burns heard plenty from the Scarlet Knights, including a recent stopover at Stone Bridge by defensive line coach Randy Melvin.
It works in Rutgers' favor the cerebral Burns plans to do in-depth research on every school he receives an offer from, meaning the Scarlet Knights will get an honest look from Burns.
"I actually don't know too much about Rutgers,'' Burns said. "I need to find out more before I make a final decision on them. I know they were pretty good last year.''
"I tried to make it out to as many places as I could,'' Burns said. "I made a couple trips out to UVa, trip to Maryland, got down to Wake Forest and Duke. I made a pair of trips up to Boston College during the season and also for their junior day. I also made a trip out to Stanford to go see it. That campus is pretty.''
Burns said he wants to makes his college decision so isn't a distraction to his team in the fall, but it doesn't mean he is far along in the process.
In fact, he is looking at majoring in finance, but said hasn't "looked hard" to determine which schools would best meet his academic goals.
"There's a lot of factors that go into making my decision,'' he said, "like how close is it to home, where is it, what are the coaches like, the coaching style there, how well I think they're going to do in the future and how many other recruits are they trying to get at my position?''
When asked if he needed to research Rutgers more before deciding whether he would visit in the summer, he said, "Yes, sir.''
But he does have some of his plans outlined for the summer.
"I'm still trying to work out all the details, but I have a couple of trips planned,'' Burns said. "I know I'm going to UVa for a one-day (camp), and I'm doing a couple of camps with Stonebridge. Other than that, I don't have too much planned.''