Utah adds a new commit in dynamic San Marcos cornerback Terrell Burgess

Terrell Burgess joins Utah as the Utes' third defensive back in the 2016 class, adding a dynamic kick return threat, as well as a heady corner.

Utah added a dynamic athlete on Thursday, with the commitment of San Marcos (Calif.) corner Terrell Burgess.

Burgess told Scout that he was “overwhelmed” after his weekend official visit to Cal, but he announced on Thursday evening on a local news program that he would instead head to Salt Lake City as the third straight-up corner in the Utes' class, though he has a chance to play on both sides of the ball.

"I just felt like that was the best decision for me," Burgess said. "Going on the other visits, it was good, I had a lot of fun, but while I was there, I knew I had a gut feeling, and I was still thinking about Utah while I was on the other visits."

At 6-foot, 180 pounds, Burgess is a versatile athlete, running track (with a personal best of 11.14 in the 100m this past spring) and competing in the long jump (21 feet, 3.5 inches) and the triple ump (42 feet, 11.5 inches), as well as playing quarterback, running back, receiver and cornerback.

"This is final," Burgess said. "This is it."

Burgess is also a dynamic kick returner, with 170 yards on nine kickoff returns this past season for the Knights, and 58 punt return yards on five take-backs.

Last season, Burgess tallied over 50 tackles and four interceptions, and while teams went away from him this season on defense (only 21 tackles), he still tallied three interceptions.

"At the end of the year, I had a little downfall, and I ended up hurting my shoulder and tearing my labrum, but it was a fun year," Burgess said. "I'm glad it came down the way it did. It was hurting pretty bad, but during the game, I just wanted to deal with it, because I want to do everything I can for my senior year, for my team."

Burgess is probably one of the more underrated cornerbacks still left on the board, and he’s a unique combination of size and speed, who plays bigger than he is, and has long arms capped with some sticky hands – he was being recruited by Washington State as a wide receiver, after hauling in 61 balls for 1,162 yards this season.

"At first, they recruited me as a DB, and they said I could establish myself as a corner, and then maybe move over to offense," Burgess said.

He chose the Utes over the Bears, who were recruiting him as corner, as well as Arizona and San Diego State.

“Burgess is an explosive athlete who does everything well,” said Scout.com’s West Coast Regional Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins. “He has the speed to run away from a defender and is a true home run threat. He has good short area quickness and isn't afraid to be physical in the run game as well."


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