Stone Bridge (Ashburn, VA) junior defensive end Rob Burns received his first FBS scholarship offer last week, when the University of Virginia staff mailed an official letter. Stone Bridge head coach Mickey Thompson does not expect this to be the only FBS offer for Burns, who is certainly pleased to have his first offer in the fold.
“To get that first offer, I think it’s huge,” said Burns, a 6-7, 220-pound prospect. “Virginia is a great school. I’d love to go there. It is one of my top choices. I’m just really excited to have an opportunity to play college football.”
Virginia was one of four schools Burns visited this past fall. The others were Boston College, Maryland and Virginia Tech. Burns likes these four schools as well as Wake Forest, but for now he does not have a clear favorite.
“Those five are probably my top choices right now,” said Burns. “I really like all the schools I’ve visited. I think I have to go back to each of them for another visit. Every school has that thing that jumps out at you. With Virginia Tech, their stadium is absolutely nuts on gameday. Nothing can rival that. UVa’s campus is really nice. BC is right there in the city, so there is a lot to do. Maryland is a tight place, too. I haven’t been to Wake, but I look forward to going there.”
A terrific student, Burns carries a 3.95 GPA. He is not sure what he wants his major to be, but he did discuss what factors may be important as he exams each school.
“I want to play at a good school with a great coach,” said Burns. “I would make do with that. So far, all the schools I’ve seen have been great schools and all the coaches I’ve met have been great guys. The visits haven’t really helped me narrow anything down.”
Burns has not spoken with new Virginia coach Mike London recently, but he has met London once before.
“I met him when he was down at Richmond, before he went to UVa,” Burns said. “He seemed like a great, stand-up guy. If I get the opportunity to play for him, it would be great for me.”
Primarily a defensive end, Burns also saw action at tight end this past season. Coach Thompson sees defensive end as Burns’ future in college, but tight end could be a possibility as well.
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