“I liked where Coach Friedgen and the staff have the program going,” Burns said about the reasoning for his commitment. “I think they can compete for an ACC or NCAA championship. I really fit in here because the people are great.”
Although Maryland is quite a trip from his home in Georgia, location wasn't a factor in the normal sense. Burns was much more excited about the close proximity of Maryland to Washington D.C. and Baltimore.
“It's a great school academically and a great area to be in,” said the future business marketing major. “You can really succeed in this area, especially in the business world.”
The 6-foot-2, 183-pounder quarterback had offers from many of the top schools in the South, including Arkansas, Georgia, Vanderbilt, and Mississippi State. One of the main reasons he decided to leave the comforts of SEC country was because of Friedgen.
“He first came down to see me at Carver, and we stayed in touch ever since,” Burns stated. “I sat and talked to him for two or more hours today, and he is just a great guy. He's very honest and will keep it real with you.”
Burns, who is ranked as the 32nd best quarterback in the country, says it's his leading by example that makes him a good quarterback. Both Coach Franklin and Coach Friedgen like him as a quarterback, and Franklin indicated to him that he will have the opportunity to compete for the starting job when he enrolls at Maryland. This off-season he is mostly interested in trying to improve on his technique and the ability to stay in the pocket longer.
Both Coach Franklin and Coach Friedgen like him as a quarterback, and Franklin indicated to him that he will have the opportunity to compete for the starting job when he enrolls at Maryland.
He says that it was up and coming SEC school Vanderbilt that finished second in his recruitment, and that he didn't even want to talk about the situation with Georgia.
He reports a 790 on his first attempt on the SAT and plans to take it again.