Knowing that the state of Maryland has yielded some dividends to the University of Wisconsin, secondary coach Daronte Jones has hit the ground running in the state by extending a handful of scholarship offers, one of them to a top rated defender in Owings Mills (MD) McDonogh junior safety Eric Burrell.
“Coach Jones followed me on Twitter and I just so happen to direct message him my highlight tape,” Burrell told BadgerNation. “He said he already knew about me and really liked the way I played. He went up to the defensive coordinator (Dave Aranda), they said they really liked it and to call him when I get the chance. That is when I got the offer. The coach said I need to get up there as soon as possible.”The 5-11, 170-pound defensive back sits as the No. 19 ranked safety in the nation and a four-star recruit by Scout.com. Already holding offers from Boston College, Old Dominion, Virginia and Virginia Tech, Burrell said the offer from Wisconsin is a big one.
“I was very shocked by the offer because Wisconsin, just the name right there, they have a good reputation,” said Burrell. “My interest in them is very high. They are not like any of my other offers and it is pretty strong chance I am going to go up there and see how the school is. Football wise, they are very good and talented. I would love to go up there. I really love Wisconsin and in the Big Ten you play against the best of the best.”
A two-way player for his high school who prefers playing defense, Burrell has seen a big jump in his game over the past year, but said he’s still working on sharpening his craft.
“I am a very good tackler,” said Burrell. “What I need to improve on is my one on ones. I’m not too bad, but there is always stuff for improvement. I attack the ball very aggressively. Now I am just doing footwork drills and when my quarterback wants to throw, I am going out there with other people and just keep on working on my craft.”
Burrell was able to help lead his team to their second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship when he recovered a fumble in overtime to beat rival Gilman. Planning to take most of his visits in the spring, Burrell visited Wake Forest last weekend, will visit Duke this weekend and will spend his down time working with his teammates.
“I learned a lot this season and when really you communicate with your teammates, then you can actually learn more then what you think,” said Burrell. “They set a good example for me, but next year I need to set a good example for others because I will be a senior. Hopefully, I can bring that leadership for younger people on the team.”