Mc Donogh School (MD) 2016 defensive back Eric Burrell knew the Nebraska atmosphere was one of the best in college football – he had been told by more than a few people.
But, until a recruit actually experiences it, they never really can understand what it is going to be like.
“People told me it was going to be crazy. I got there way early and people were already tailgating,” said Burrell. “When they did the march I knew it was going to be crazy. Fans were smacking my hands in the tunnel. It’s an unbelievable atmosphere.”
While no opponent can be overlooked, Burrell can only imagine what the crowd would have been like for a Wisconsin or Michigan State contest, instead of South Alabama.
“I think it would be three times what it was last night,” said Burrell. “But that is the great thing. It doesn’t matter what team they are going up against. There is always going to be the support. It’s going to be rowdy. I love the support at Nebraska.”
Burrell was hosted by freshman defensive back Eric Lee.
“I really had a bond with the team, especially my position,” said Burrell. “They really carried themselves well and have a brotherhood. They carry each other.”
With plans to take all five officials, Burrell was asked how he will keep Nebraska fresh in his mind – considering it was his first trip.
“I’m going to go home and talk to my dad about this trip,” said Burrell. “I’m going to take some notes. Write the positives down. There weren’t really any negatives. I’m going to tell him how much I enjoyed it. You have to separate schools at the end. I will remember this place well. I liked it a lot. It’s a great place.”
The Maryland prep had a 1-on-1 with head coach Mike Riley on Sunday morning, before being dropped off at the airport.
“He’s a down to earth guy,” said Burrell. “He’s the type of dude that it doesn’t matter where you go, he just wants you to become a man. He was saying how he wants to use me on the field and what he thinks is best for me. We also talked about school, life, (and) hobbies. He talked to me as a regular person.”
While Nebraska appears to have made a positive impression on the three-star recruit, Burrell wouldn’t list any favorites at the moment in a conversation with Scout.com.
“Nebraska is set high,” said Burrell. “This was my first official, so I don’t really want to shoot down any other schools, but this was a great visit. I’m definitely going to look at them in a positive way.”
It appears Burrell will visit Wisconsin in November and schools like Rutgers, Duke and Boston College could receive a visit as well.