In the eyes of Eric Burrell, the result on the field was the furthest thing from his mind. That’s good news for the University of Wisconsin, which didn’t put on the greatest performance in front of the home crowd Saturday.
Taking his official visit over the weekend, the Owings Mills (MD) McDonogh safety had plenty of good things to say about a program currently in his top five.
“I am pretty much there to see everything, not just the game,” Burrell told BadgerNation. “It’s not about who is winning or losing. Everything played a part in it, so that’s how I looked at stuff. I had a really good time.”
The success of the visit for the 6-0, 174-pound Burrell steamed from his relationship with the coaching staff and the players, the latter of which he called the best part of the weekend.
Wisconsin is aiming to sign approximately five defensive backs in 2016. The Badgers currently sit with three in safeties Seth Currens and Patrick Johnson and cornerback Ke'Shan Pennamon, who committed last weekend.
Burrell is currently rated a three-star prospect, the No.29 safety in the country by Scout.com and, at least for this weekend, the top defensive back on UW’s board.
“They’ve been one of the schools recruiting me the hardest and they are still on me,” said Burrell. “That’s a good feeling to have. They are looking good to me right now. They kept reminding me this weekend how important I am because they have a lot of seniors. They need to fill in guys. They are waiting on me.”
“They are very welcoming,” said Burrell. “They didn’t even know me, but they showed me a good time. They really have a brotherhood. I appreciate what they did for me this weekend. They were really down to earth, telling me a lot of things and showed me around. I had a really cool experience.”
Burrell cut his list to a final five in September. In addition to Wisconsin, Boston College, Duke, Nebraska and Syracuse made the cut. Burrell visited Lincoln in mid-September, will take an official to Syracuse Dec.4 and plans to take officials to the other two before deciding in December.
Originally having the Blue Devils out in front prior to the season, Burrell couldn’t answer if that was still the case.
“It’s hard to answer,” said Burrell. “I like the schools I’ve been to, but I want to take my five officials. I’ll probably go through all five of them and go from there.”