Burrell just keeps coming back

Before September, Goose Creek junior T.J. Burrell had never been to Clemson. He's already been back four times since then.

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The 2012 prospect recently told CUTigers why he's been a frequent guest in Tigertown this season.

"I love the whole atmosphere. That whole town is about football," Burrell said. "It just kind of feels like home, just like here. The coaches and players come up and talk to me. I've loved it up there, so far."

It's the conversations with Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney during those previous visits that have really meant a lot.

"That's one thing I like. Most other schools, I don't really get to talk to the head coaches that much, just the coordinators," Burrell said. "I get to talk to all assistant coaches and the head coach [at Clemson]."

He isn't sure if a trip to Clemson for the rivalry game against South Carolina is in store.

After rolling 49-0 over Easley last week in the AAAA-II playoffs, Goose Creek has a state semifinal date with Northwestern on Friday.

Along with Clemson, he's also visited South Carolina for three games this season. Earlier this month, Burrell visited Alabama.

"It was a good experience, it was worth the wait," he said of the trip to Tuscaloosa.

Burrell said Clemson is recruiting him the hardest, but he believes Alabama and North Carolina are about to crank things up, too.

Two schools in particular are sticking out.

"I couldn't tell you [a list of favorites], but I would say Clemson and Alabama. I don't have a third school, yet," he said.

There's one important aspect that Burrell is looking for while going through the recruiting process.

"I'm trying to major in engineering, so that's a big part," he said. "I'm going to look at the safeties and how well coached they are. That's a big thing."

Burrell doesn't see himself going too much further in the recruiting process. If everything goes according to plan, he'll already be committed at this time next year.

"I'll probably be committed before my season next year," Burrell said.

So far this season, Burrell has close to 100 tackles and three interceptions at outside linebacker for the Gators. He's being recruited to play strong safety by most schools.

Clemson is the only offer Burrell claims.

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