Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. We’re taking another look at the defensive back spot on this Memorial Day evening with the latest look at what 3-star prospect Warren Burrell is feeling about his recruiting journey.
Defensive backs. That’s a likely blog topic for another night. Maybe even a Question of the Day on DawgNation.
Georgia seems to recruit defensive backs from South Florida better than the state of Georgia. What is up with that?
That’s the 10,000-foot sales view at a big-picture topic. For the purposes of this blog, we’ll play some press coverage with North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.) cornerback Warren Burrell.
There is a lot to like there. He’s an aggressive, physical competitor. He tries to work on the little things in his game, the stuff that separates good from very good at his position.
When he makes a play, he celebrates it. That is prevalent at the Cam Newton 7-on-7 Memorial Day Tournament. Backflips after big plays don’t seem too far off the route tree.
“You should see me in games,” Burrell said. “I take it to a whole another level with the pads on, when you can do something more than just talking.”
DawgNation had a good conversation with Burrell on Sunday at the event. We chopped up the new school that lies outside his top 7. Burrell also shared a connection to UGA that hasn’t gotten the publicity it should.
Breaking down Warren Burrell
The 3-star cornerback rates as the nation’s No. 38 prospect at his position on the 247Sports composite rating. That slots him at No. 409 overall in 2019 and at No. 42 in Georgia.
Those numbers seem like they are not high enough given the way he goes about his craft.
Especially after watching him against 4-star wide receiver (and Tennessee commit) Ramel Keyton. Keyton is a top-200 player nationally, and it doesn’t seem as if there’s that big of a gap between the two.
Warren Burrell has a Keep Your Stars line atop his Twitter page, too. He’s a confident guy and that’s probably his own little commentary about the rankings.
Keyton has a size advantage on Burrell. Probably 3 inches and about 20 pounds. But Burrell was right with him on a lot of routes on Sunday at the Cam Newton event that never fails to deliver good competition.
He’s planning official visits in June to Florida, N.C. State and Tennessee.
But let’s start with the new team on Burrell’s radar. That SEC program sits outside his established top 7.
TOP 7!!!🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/ueI6BpUhJM
— Warren Burrell (@_warrenb153) May 9, 2018
Warren Burrell will take a good look at Auburn
Warren Burrell took a recent visit to Florida. He also checked out Auburn last Friday.
“I had a good visit,” he said. “It was really a personal visit. If there were any more guys than me, then maybe there were only about two other recruits on campus.”
He said he got to speak with Auburn linebackers coach Travis Williams. He spent most of the day with Auburn secondary coach Marcus Woodson.
“I dropped my top 7 but Auburn wasn’t in it,” Burrell said. “So it was a chance to go up there and talk to them and see what they have to offer. We talked to them about it. They wanted to make sure the interest level was still there and wanted me to come up and take a visit. I wanted to get over there and they really impressed me.”
Are they in his top 7 now?
“They are in there now,” Burrell said.
He didn’t knock anyone out of that previous listing, though. That will make things interesting as he begins his official visits in June. His first will be to Tennessee.
“The coaching staff is really cool,” Burrell said. “That coaching staff with Coach [Jeremy] Pruitt and Coach [Terry] Fair are just real good and down-to-earth people. They show really heavy interest in me and it feels like a really good environment when I’m down there. The fans are crazy and it is just a really good time being down there.”
Does Burrell like the Vols because he can play early? Will he embrace a chance like that at the expense of winning? Or does he aim to play for an established contender?
“You want to be on a team going somewhere,” Burrell said. “If there is a team that is not a championship contender or moving to that direction, you notice that. But all of the schools I put inside my top 7 are those that show heavy interest in me and I show heavy interest in them. I believe those are schools I will have a good future at because they are going somewhere positive.”
Let’s work in a few good questions with Warren Burrell
Warren Burrell is a strong communicator. When he’s not goofing around with his teammates on and off the field, he likes to rap. DawgNation let him spit a few bars in a profile on the North Gwinnett trio of DBs that all hold offers from UGA.
Does he think he will end up signing with the same team as 5-star Archer cornerback Andrew Booth?
“I don’t know,” Burrell said. “It’s a possibility. It is a possibility. I’m not sure, though.”
Does he think he’ll end up signing with the same school as UGA commit Jalen Perry?
“Ooh, that’s … that’s a possibility, too,” Burrell said. “It is. … I can’t really say for sure, but you know that would be pretty cool. Both of those guys are my dudes.”
Does he think there’s a chance they all wind up at the same school?
“Same answer there,” Burrell said. “That’s a strong possibility. That’s a good possibility.”
Of course, that’s a somewhat hard-to-fathom sentence to print. Much less conceive it happening. Those three guys are near the top of a lot of boards at cornerback in the Southeast. Elite talents like that very rarely all wind up at the same school.
When will Burrell decide?
“Possibly early August or late in July,” he said.
How does Warren Burrell feel about Georgia?
The in-state Bulldogs cracked that top 7. He said the Bulldogs were recruiting him hard enough to win that decision.
“I really like it there,” Burrell said. “When I went there, they offered me on a visit. It was weird. I had never really been down to Georgia or taken a visit to Georgia, as weird as that may sound. From a recruiting standpoint. Going down there I didn’t really know what to expect. But it was a really good experience.”
Burrell shared an interesting tidbit. His mother, Vivian Burrell, teaches at UGA in the School of Social Work.
“My mom actually works there,” he said. “It was kind of like she already knew the place and the campus inside and out. Then from a coaching standpoint, they show me a lot of love and I feel at home there. Literally.”
Does his mother have a favorite?
“She told me wherever I go, she is going to support it,” Burrell said. “She doesn’t really have a favorite.”
Burrell said he’s now made two trips to check out UGA. He’s planning on a third.
“I do,” Burrell said. “We haven’t worked out the date yet. But if I have an open weekend, then I will definitely get back up there.”
Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is his primary recruiter. Burrell said Tucker has told him he is a good fit for the UGA defense.
“Their defense and their DBs have to be very solid,” Burrell said. “They have to be able to play very aggressive. They look for those SEC-style DBs. I can fit in well with that. … That’s what I like to play. I like to get in the faces of the receivers and make them work.”
Perry, the 2019 UGA commit, has been working on Burrell. Those two go “way back” from playing basketball when they were little.
“He’s definitely pulling for Georgia in my recruitment,” Burrell said.
Can the Bulldogs get an official visit?
“If there is an opportunity for me to take an official to Georgia, then I will take it if I have an official visit left,” he said.
What did he think about potentially lining up in the same secondary with Perry?
“That’s mean right there,” Burrell said. “That would be a force. That is a force. That is just physical DB play right there. That’s honestly what I think about that.”
He said he’s looking for three things: academics; the school that will set him up best for life after football; and whether he can make an impact early and grab a role on the team.
Burrell is “pretty positive” he will not cut down his list of top schools any further. When he commits, then that will be it.
“I’ll be done,” he said.
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