May 4, 2011

Unexpected visit was great for Burns

The Penn State coaching staff still hasn't made up their mind on which 2012 quarterback they may offer, but they do have Ashburn (Va.) Stone Bridge 2013 QB Ryan Burns on their radar.

Listed at 6-foot-5, 218 pounds, the soon to be junior already holds one verbal offer from Boston College and says Rutgers has been showing serious interest as well. As for the Nittany Lions, the Burns' family knew Penn State was interested, they just didn't know to what extent.

"We were going to participate in the Nike camp on Saturday," said Bryan Burns, Ryan's father. "But we were then invited by the Penn State coaches to meet that morning, so we decided to meet with the recruiting coach and the offensive coach, Galen Hall."

So how did the visit go?

"We had a great visit with them," said Mr. Burns. "They really took their time to show us around and Ryan was really impressed. We did the whole stadium tour, all the facilities and locker room stuff. It was a great visit for us and Ryan really wanted to get the chance to meet the Penn State coaches so he'll be more familiar with them down the road.

"The recruiting coach said he's going to come down to Virginia in the next couple of weeks to stop by Ryan's high school and speak with his coaches."

The recruiting coach Mr. Burns is referring to is assistant coach Larry Johnson, who is in charge of the Alexandria area. As for what Ryan thought, he was impressed with Penn State's "blue collar feel."

"It's obviously a great school and everyone knows about the tradition, but even with their facilities, you get that blue collar feel, that feeling of what coach Paterno has tried to accomplish," said Burns.

"It's not trashy, it's just hard working place and I loved it. I'll definitely be coming back soon."

During the Elite 11 regional camp on Friday, Burns showed why multiple schools are serious about already offering. Not only does he have great size and arm strength, but his release may have been the most developed amongst all competitors, including 2012 prospects.

But according to Burns, it wasn't his most impressive showing.

"I wasn't that impressed with myself, to be honest" said Burns. "I thought I started off alright, during the basic stations and stuff like that, but I thought my legs got a little tired and I got a little inconsistent at the end. But they thought I did alright, so I'll take it."

Burns plans on returning to Penn State this summer for the coaching staff's one-day camp. He also stated that academics will very important throughout his recruiting process.

"Academics is what college is all about," said Burns. "That will be very important when it comes to deciding a school."

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