Burrell hoping for big season for CCSF

After putting up modest stats during CCSF's National Championship run last year, WR Anthony Burrell (6-2, 185) is ready to be a leader both on and off the field. He's put in the hard work this summer and he's been named a team captain, so now his focus is on getting another championship for the Rams while also hoping to sign a D-1 scholarship after the season.

"It was tough to see (QB) Jeremiah (Masoli) go, but we'll be fine," Burrell admitted to JCFootball.com earlier this week. "He's a great athlete and a great leader and a great guy and he helped lead us to a championship last year, but we've got a guy named Chris Forni who is going to be really good and I don't think we'll lose anything with him back there because he's a great athlete too."

After a standout career at Carlmont High School, a small school in northern California, Burrell began to look around at different JC programs and he intended to play at College of San Mateo, but before he arrived on campus he decided to make a change.

"Playing for City was just a great opportunity and playing for coach (George) Rush and his staff will make me better," Burrell said. "It was nothing CSM did or didn't do, I just felt this was a better situation for me."

As a freshman for the Rams, Burrell totaled 12 receptions and one touchdown, so this year he's prepared himself both mentally and physically for what's ahead this fall.

"I've been focused on my goals," Burrell said. "I wanted to be a captain because that means I've earned the respect of my coaches and my teammates and I was named that this year so that was huge for me.

"When I first got here, I just wanted to play, because there were 28 receivers that turned out, so I was like 'I just want to be one of the ones to get playing time' and I did that so I changed up and now I want to be a leader."

Besides his impressive size and quickness, Burrell also sports a 4.5 forty time and a 31-inch vertical.

"I bench 255 right now, so that is another focus of mine because I want to get stronger," Burrell said. "With the season starting this weekend, it will be tough, but I think I can increase my strength and if not, then I can do it over the offseason and I'll be good to go."

On the recruiting front, schools have let it be known they want to see what he has to offer this fall before they extend a scholarship and that's fine with Burrell.

"Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Colorado State have all sent me stuff," Burrell said. "I'm more focused on winning and playing well than recruiting right now, so that's really not something I worry about right now."

Burrell is on pace to graduate this December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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