Andre Burrows: Future Buckeye Dad

Ohio State received their first commitment for the 2013 recruiting class Thursday afternoon, when Trotwood-Madison star cornerback Cameron Burrows pledged to the Buckeyes. Andre Burrows, the player's father, talked with about the recruiting process.

Even though Trotwood-Madison junior Cameron Burrows has yet to play a down of football as a high school senior, he is already a household name in Ohio recruiting circles.

Burrows, 6-foot-1, 195-pounds, is one of America's top cornerback prospects for the class of 2013, and last Thursday he committed to Ohio State. Burrows' father, Andre, took the time to speak with about his son.

"First off, I'm more proud of Cameron for being ranked number-seven in his class academically, than I am for his recruiting ranking," Andre Burrows stated after his son announced for Ohio State. "The only college I attended was barber college, so to have both of my sons on their way to having college degrees means everything to my wife and I."

"This is one of the proudest moments I've had, to be honest," he continued. "As a parent, it doesn't get any better. Cameron has always been a great kid, and very mature for his age. He always competed athletically against his older brother Christopher, and a lot of other older kids. He never backed down from the older guys ever."

The elder Burrows discussed when Cameron first took up the game of football at a very young age.

"Cam started playing football as a second grader," he stated. "Seeing how he was used to playing against the older guys, it was almost unfair to kids his age. As he has gotten older, the others have caught up to him, and I continually tell him he has to work harder, to maintain his edge."

While Cameron Burrows comes across as a very mature and serious young man, his father stated that isn't always the case.

"He is very mature, but he can get a little silly around the house," Andre Burrows stressed. "He's not all that quiet once he knows people. His maturity shows through with his early decision to commit to Ohio State. He knew where he wanted to go, so he went ahead and got it done so he could focus on his classwork and his senior season, without all the distractions."

"We supported his decision 100%, and we are an Ohio State family through and through," he added. "Ohio State started recruiting him a while ago, and we got to know Jim Tressel, Luke Fickell and Urban Meyer. As a family, we admire all three men, and see all three as excellent role models for our son. Tressel is still a great man to me, and that will never change."

"Luke was put in a tough spot last year, but he did the best he could, and he is a true Buckeye and a great person," he continued. "It means a lot to me that Luke will be staying around, because he has given everything to the university. Urban Meyer is a great family man, and I like the fact that won't settle for average. Coach Meyer will push my son to be the best and that's what I want. I want Cameron to be pushed, to make him a better person and football player, and Coach Meyer is the man to do that."

Burrows is on track to graduate early from Trotwood-Madison, and his plan is to enroll at Ohio State in January of 2013.

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