Burns, baby, Burns

Stanford landed one of its top targets in the class of 2013 yesterday when Virginia quarterback Ryan Burns pulled the trigger on his Cardinal commitment. Burns, who made his decision while on a Junior Day visit to The Farm, spoke with The Bootleg shortly after committing.

Ryan Burns' commitment to Stanford was months in the making.

"It started out last spring," Burns said. "I just kind of told my dad out of nowhere that I think I liked Stanford. I made him sign me up for a camp and I came up for camp last year. I fell in love with it then. I met with some of the coaches and they offered me then.

"So now I came back for the Junior Day and it's a great place. Overall, just nothing beats it. It felt like the place for me. It's going to give me some great opportunities down the road, and I'm extremely happy with the decision."

Burns asked to meet with Stanford head coach David Shaw on Saturday to make his commitment official. "I had kind of been hinting at it to them for a while so I think they kind of knew, but I just asked Coach Shaw if we could talk a little bit," Burns said. "He flew down to L.A. to watch the Lakers/Heat [Sunday], but I asked him if we could talk before then, and kind of made it official right there in his office.

"He was happy, of course, and I just kind of said this is the place for me and I want to commit to Stanford University and they were all really happy, but I don't think they were too surprised."

As is the trend for many of the nation's top quarterbacks, Burns decided to end his recruitment early in the process.

"I just kind of wanted to do it early," Burns said. "I've been getting new offers lately and talking to some new coaches and it's just hard to talk them and kind of let them know what they want to hear when you know you want to go to a certain place. I just kind of felt like it was an easy decision and I just wanted to do it now."

Now that he's verbally committed to be a part of Stanford's 2013 class, Burns plans to shift from recruit to recruiter, following in the footsteps of a highly touted 2012 Cardinal signee.

"You always want to get the best guys out of the class," Burns said. "I met Aziz Shittu when we were here too and he kind of did that for his class, so kind of learning from him."

Although Burns may have been considering committing to the Cardinal before his visit, the Junior Day trip cemented his choice. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound gunslinger said he was impressed with all parts of the Stanford experience, including meeting with several professors at a faculty lunch.

"Really everything about this place is just insane and pretty much above and beyond any expectations you could ever have, but one of the things I found interesting was they had a faculty lunch," Burns said. "That with was some of the main professors at the school and they were really interesting people. I was kind of getting a little taste of what the teachers would be like here.

"Honestly, the thing about this school is that you're trying to look for things wrong with it, unlike other schools when you try to look things you like about it. But you really can't find anything wrong with it. It's kind of the easy choice and I'm really happy with it."

Burns, who was hosted on his trip by redshirt freshman offensive lineman Brendon Austin, spent time with a number of current players and recruits, including a 2013 wide receiver prospect.

"Francis Owusu was out here," Burns said. "He's a great kid, we'll see what his decision is, but he's a great player and I hope he comes to Stanford."

Burns, who reports a 3.92 GPA, and the other Junior Day visitors, met with assistant coach Lance Anderson to learn more about the application process

"He talked to all of the juniors during the day [and told us we should] try to get those in early," Burns said. "He stressed to work on those very early and not wait until the last minute."

Although there are still 11 months before 2013 signing day, Burns said his commitment to Stanford is solid. However, he's not completely closing the door on the possibility of taking trips to other schools.

"I've gotten some advice from some of the other guys just saying take your official visits no matter what, but who knows right now, I'm not really looking that far yet," Burns said. "It's definitely a solid commitment, but I might just browse a little bit."

Stay tuned to The Bootleg for more analysis of Burns' commitment in the coming days.

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