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With Andrew Luck now departed, all eyes around Stanford are at the quarterback position. Even if it's two years away.

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Ryan Burns

The Washington Post has reported that top Virginia junior quarterback Ryan Burns committed to the Cardinal this week.

"Everything about it is perfect," Burns told the newspaper. "It was an easy decision really."

It wasn't a nearly perfect year for the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.) standout. He completed less than 50 percent of his passes for 1,806 yards with 14 interceptions and 13 touchdowns. He is the second junior in the region to commit to Stanford as defensive back Alex Carter from Briar Woods recently pledged to the Cardinal.

It was Burns' first full year on the varsity squad and according to Stone Bridge coach Mickey Thompson, he has great room for growth.

"You look at the size and the way he throws the football, and you forget he's young and that it's his first time leading a varsity football team," Thompson told MaxPreps football editor Stephen Spiewak during the season.

Burns, who played one game as a freshman but missed his sophomore season with an injury, made Spiewak's Top 100 junior recruits to watch list. 

According to CBS/MaxPreps recruiting expert Tom Lemming, "(Burns) has impressed everyone at camps with his height, arm strength, and overall athletic ability. He's very accurate in short to intermediate passes, he reads defense and shows a coolness under pressure."