By Keith McGonigle.
June was a great month for the Clemson coaching staff as they landed eight verbal commitments to the 2012 class. One of the verbal commitments was Goose Creek athlete T.J. Burrell.
Burrell had offers from a number of schools including South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Illinois, but why did he choose the Tigers?
“From day one, I have always liked Clemson. I liked being up there and talking to the coaches, and I fell in love with atmosphere,” said Burrell. “Also my high school team runs a similar defense so it will not be as big of a transition.”
Many schools recruited the 6’0” 200 lbs. athlete as a linebacker but he says he could fit in at a lot of different spots on Clemson’s roster.
“I fit in with Clemson style of defense because I am physical and fast,” said Burrell. “They are looking to put me at strong safety and outside linebacker. I am athletic enough to play anywhere they need me.”
How solid is the Goose Creek standout’s commitment, is he still looking at schools?
“I am pretty much focused on my team right now not worried about recruiting. I would say I’m pretty solid,” said Burrell.
Burrell said he spent the summer trying to gain speed and add strength. His goals for the year are to help bring his team to the state championship game and add on to his tackle (100+) and interception (3) total from last year.