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Michigan is among the more recent programs to begin showing interest in Woodbridge (Va.) C.D. Hylton high lineman Matthew Burrell, and the interest definitely appears to be mutual. That’s despite it being further away from home than some of his more familiar suitors.
“That is not an issue,” Burrell’s father Matthew Sr. said regarding distance. “I don’t restrain or restrict him at all. It’s going to be about what fits him best because he goes he’s gonna go. He is going to be the one there go to school and live it. He is a very loyal kid so once he makes his commitment that’s where he is going to be.”
“His family is very very important to him, but his happiness is more important to all of us. We’ll be at games when we can. I tell him all the time the world is your home. Wherever you go, that’s where your home is. He understands that.”
That opens the door considerably for programs like Michigan. Now it’s just a matter of learning more about them.
“I have watched college football, and of course he has been on my knee forever,” said Mr. Burrell. “He has been a fan of the bright lights and the big stage of college football period. He is definitely a fan of winning, so the Big 10, the Big 12… all of the national championship games he has been a fan of. But I had to tell him things like Michigan stadium at one time didn’t have lights. He was like, ‘what?! They didn’t play at night?’ I said, ‘no, the Big House didn’t have lights.’ “
“But he is embedded in the rivalries of the game, the history of the game. He just loves the stage of college football. So it’s not like there is one particular team that stands out for him. He just likes to compete at the highest level. Wherever he feels he can do that attracts his attention.”
Should Burrell have questions about Michigan or many of his other suitors he can always speak with a few highly rated prospects that he will square off with in the fall.
“He is going to play against Tim Settle and he is going to play against Da'Shawn Hand,” said Mr. Burrell. “Those are his friends. (Matthew) and Da'Shawn are very good friends. They talk often. They were playing to work out together (soon). (C.D. Hylton high) play Woodbridge. They’re probably five miles away from each other.”
“Matt and Tim played AAU ball together. They played little league football together. They’re good friends too. They’ve known each other for a long time. They played middle school ball. We worked out with him. I know his dad. I’d been in Prince William County for a long time. We just moved to Fredericksburg for the last couple of years. That’s why we’re coming back to Prince William County… so he can be with the kids he went to elementary school with.”
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more on Burrell in the coming months.