"You just have to know it pays off in the long run," the 6 foot 3, 225 pound Burrill said. "I have two work outs a day from January 4 through the summer until our games start in the fall. You just have to know that it will all pay off."
That work ethic led to an outstanding junior season for the Northern California prospect as he registered 80 tackles and four sacks and earned all-state honors.
As the 2017 recruiting period opens, Burrill has plenty of suitors vying for his services. This weekend he is visiting Boise State for its junior day.
"I've been getting emails and stuff like that from Boise saying they want me to come to junior day," Burrill said. "I talked to some of the coaches and they said they're interested in me. I told them I was interested in them.
"My dad and I talked about it and I really wanted to check Boise out."
"I've been talking to (co-offensive coordinator) Zak Miller. He said he'll help me around while I'm there," Burrill said. "I'm expecting big things because Boise State has a huge name, the football program especially with the Smurf Turf, the locker room and the weight room."
Burrill doesn't have any offers yet, but with staggering physicality and impressive numbers, it's just a matter of time before they start rolling in for the two-star athlete.
"I know some will come," he said.
Burrill knows exactly what he wants in a college and a football program.
"I want to go somewhere where I can contribute, where I can make an impact," he said. "I want to help the team win.
"School-wise, I'm looking to get into business. My dad is a Panera Bread franchise owner here in the Bay Area, and I want to take over for him someday."
As Burrill gears up for his senior year, he continues the proverbial grind daily. But, he is looking forward to taking a break to visit The Blue.
"I fly out to Boise Friday night," he said. "I can't wait to see it all."
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