Stanford recruiting roundup

March, 6, 2012
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Catching up on what's been going on in the world of Stanford recruiting over the last couple of weeks.

Apparently this Ryan Burns guy is kind of good.

Here's a feature about him from Paul Tenorio of the Washington Post. Burns says that he once he found where he wanted to be, there was really no other reason to continue the recruiting process.
Everything about [Stanford] is perfect. It seemed like the perfect fit for me. From academics to football, everything is perfect in my mind. It was an easy decision really.

More importantly, it sounds like he's not even really going to entertain any other suitors.
With all these recruiters coming in with recruiting period coming, it's hard to talk to some of those guys and to say, "I'm really looking." when honestly I have my decision [made]. It's really what I felt and I'm glad it's my decision.

In a story that might be related in a couple of years, Burns might be throwing to tight end Durham Smythe (Belton, Texas). He might make his choice between Stanford and Texas as soon as this week, according to ESPN's Max Olson. Insider Smythe got a chance to speak with former Stanford tight end Coby Fleener during a visit this past weekend.
"I got to meet Coby and talk with him a little while and talk about his experience. That was cool. Like a lot of respectable athletes I've talked to so far, he told me to find a place that's right for you.

In other Stanford recruiting news:
  • The Cardinal don't appear to be done with their East Coast poaching. Linebacker Micah Kiser (Baltimore, Md.) has been offered a scholarship to and plans to visit in April, according to ESPN's Dave Hooker. Insider
  • His teammate, defensive tackle Henry Poggi, has also expressed interest Insider in the Cardinal.
  • USC and Stanford (and at least 27 others) appear headed for a showdown for linebacker Alex Anzalone (Wyomissing, Pa.). The Cardinal have already offered and he plans to visit in April, according to ESPN's Erik McKinney. Insider
  • More tight end news. Five-star tight end Adam Breneman (Camp Hill, Pa.) could trim his list of 33 offers down to five sometime soon according to ESPN's Jared Shanker. Insider Will Stanford be one of those five? The Cardinal do love their tight ends.

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