Four-star Woodbridge (VA) C.D. Hylton offensive lineman Matthew Burrell was one of a handful of prospects in Columbus this past weekend for his official visit to Ohio State. He'd been to the Buckeye campus several times previously so it was nothing new for the nation's 10th best offensive guard.
What was different this time around was that Burrell was accompanied by his inner circle and support system.
His high school assistant coach John Harris shared the latest about his pupil's first official visit of the recruiting process.
"He and his family had a great time while at Ohio State over the weekend," Harris told Scout. "I personally feel like he knows that they love him up there and that's a big deal."
C.D. Hylton assistant coach John Harris spoke about what Burrell was hoping to gather from another stay in Columbus.
"I think the biggest thing he was looking for this time around was comfort level," Harris stated. "Since his parents and brothers were there with him, they were able to evaluate Columbus as a family, and that makes it easier on him. That's an important part and he wants his family to feel comfortable in addition to him. It was crucial for them to be able to take it all in."
Burrell has a strong relationship with two Buckeye assistants, and developing one with another according to Harris.
"Matt is very close with Zach Smith and Larry Johnson," Harris noted about Burrell. "He's working on getting closer with Coach Warinner, the Ohio State offensive line coach. He'd know better than I about about how that is developing, though."
"I know that he's close with Coach Trickett, the offensive line coach at Florida State," Harris added about Burrell. "But he's very close with Coach Meyer at Ohio State, so it goes both ways."
Harris also spoke about playing time and how it pertains to his star lineman.
"Matt would love to play early because he is a competitor," Harris explained. "I think that he would embrace being thrown in the "deep water" as a freshman, though. He's a competitor and loves challenges."
Burrell's Visit To Ohio State
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