Speed makes the difference

You can never have too much speed on a football team. Most coaches preach "you can't teach speed" & Rutgers fans are well aware what a great combo of size and speed mean on the field due to RU's #1 WR. At 5'6"-168lbs with blazing 4.35 speed, Chris Burrell is a close replica of Tim Brown and has the potential to follow in his footsteps.

Coming out of Don Bosco Prep makes Chris a very intriguing football player. On his high school team, he's a slot receiver who operates more like a slot back similar to the way Navy uses their slot backs in their Flexbone Triple Option. Most colleges are recruiting him as a hybrid style player that can take a screen or a kickoff and bring it the distance with a little quickness and a lot of speed. To boot, Chris also has a 3.2 GPA and claims a qualifying SAT score as well.

In regards to colleges he's interested in, his main amount of interest lies with Rice University. He informed us that Coach Rick LaFavers (Special Teams) has been in a lot of contact with him and would like him to come in as a slot receiver and kick return specialist. Other than Rice, he's been hearing consistently from Temple, Syracuse, Purdue, Georgia Tech, and Rutgers. Chris has no offers to date so he's really keeping an open mind regarding his recruitment. His top three, which hasn't changed for a few months now, are: Rice, Georgia Tech, and Rutgers. Not by coincidence, he has family that lives within an hour of so of each of those schools which makes him even more comfortable at those 3 schools.

As far as his thoughts on the Rutgers Camp, he felt it was a great camp for him to attend. He had a lot of fun meeting the other players there and said the competition at the camp was really great. He loves to compete and go up against the best so that made the camp even more special because there were special players there. He's been to Rutgers a few times over the past year or so and said, "every time I get to go to the school I like it more and more."

He also has very high thoughts on the Rutgers coaching staff and facilities. He explained that Coach Susan is the main person who has been in contact with him from the school. He said that all the coaches at the camp were very nice to him and he really likes all of them a lot. He also explained that his position coach at Don Bosco played football for Rutgers (Coach Anthony Campanile) so he has a little more insight on the school from him. He is equally impressed by the facilities at Rutgers as well. He said they are "some of the best I've seen to date" and really came away impressed with the weight room and the field. He said he felt it was great to see the expansion and how big it will be makes Rutgers even more special.

As far as future plans, Chris is going to take a trip over to Georgia Tech this week to check out their facilities. He really feels that Rutgers has closed the gap a little bit in his mind between Rice and Georgia Tech, but he still wants to visit other places. He's hoping to land an offer at one of the schools he's in contact with so he can start to see a picture of where his potential future destination will lie.

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