By Andrew Gorringe
As signing day gets closer and closer, more and more prospects are ending their recruitment and choosing which school they’ll be attending after high school. That process hasn’t quite finished up for San Marcos HS athlete Terrell Burgess though, as he’s still finishing up some official visits, and will then make his final choice.
It’s been a long process so far for Burgess, and he’s eager to finish it up, but not before he checks everything out that’s been offered to him. “My recruitment is going well. I mean, it’s getting more stressful by the second, but I’m sure once I make a decision and know where I’m going, I will be stress free. Not knowing where I’m going and getting the constant questions from people, and different coaches saying different things has definitely been the most stressful thing about it.”
Burgess certainly has a lot of different coaches recruiting him right now, as he is one of the most sought after athletes in the state of California currently, having pulled in 10+ offers during his recruitment. He has recently narrowed his choices to just six schools though, which he will choose between shortly, and one of those school is Utah, whom Burgess officially visited back on Halloween.
“Utah made a good impression on me. I really enjoyed my visit there. It was good being able to get a feel for the community and the atmosphere, and also being around the team was good.” Burgess was able to take in a Utah win during his visit, as the Utes beat Oregon State on that day, and also got to spend plenty of time with the players and coaches. Former defensive coordinator John Pease was Burgess’s main recruiter at Utah, and with his retirement, things have changed a bit in regards to Utah’s recruitment of him. “Coach Pease was my main recruiter, so now it’s just Coach Shah and Coach Whittingham. I was a little surprised when I found out Coach Pease retired, but I understand why he did it.” Burgess said that while Coach Pease was a factor in his interest in Utah, him leaving doesn’t change his interest at all in the Utes, and he also recently spoke with new defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley, and looks forward to building a relationship with him.
The Utes, like most other schools, are recruiting Burgess primarily as a corner back, but have also talked to him about the chance of him playing some wide receiver too. Burgess has already visited Arizona, Utah and Nevada officially, and will be visiting Boise State on the 15th and Cal on the 22nd. Those 5 schools along with San Diego State, whom he’s visited unofficially numerous times, make up Burgess’s Top 6, and he will make a final decision shortly after his last visit with Cal. “Whoever I pick, frankly, it would be because I feel the most at home at that school, and the school I feel will put me in the best position to excel.”