Burrell shines at NorCal combine

When you're an unknown quantity heading into the spring a solid performance at a combine can do wonders for you recruiting status. Foothill WR Emmanuel Burrell (6-1, 190) is a player who many didn't know about until he burst on the scene at JCFootball.com's NorCal combine and now he's just starting to attract attention from some four-ear schools.

"I was a preferred walk-on at UNLV," Burrell told JCFootball.com recently. "They have a great offense there because it's the spread and they like to throw it a lot, but I was behind a couple of great receivers and it would have been hard to see time and earn a scholarship so I decided to leave.

"I played at City (College of San Francisco) last year and I hurt my hamstring in the fourth game so I didn't really do much there. They also are a ways from where I grew up and Foothill is a lot closer so I moved up here and I'm really happy that I made that decision."

Burrell is still working on getting his hamstring back to 100%, but still made the All-Combine team at Chabot College where he posted a 4.59 forty time, a 36-inch vertical and a 4.1 pro-shuttle.

"I wasn't 100-percent healthy, but I felt it was the opportunity to get out and compete and show what I could do against the top guys in northern California," Burrell said. "When I was a senior in high school, I didn't go to any combines so I knew I needed to be at this one."

At Foothill's spring game, Burrell posted three catches and a touchdown.

"The coaches said they were happy with what I did, but they didn't make me any promises," Burrell said. "I just need to work hard and show what I can do and then hope I get the chance to be the playmaker for the team that I think I can be."

As far as recruiting is concerned, Burrell is just now starting to hear from a couple of four-year schools.

"California, Utah State and Montana are it so far," Burrell said. "My coaches think that if I have a good season that I can get some more looks and so I'm hoping to make the most of every opportunity I get."

Burrell is a good student having fully-qualified out of high school and plans to leave in December following the season. He'll have two years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll have more from him once the season gets underway.

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