OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Eric Burrell, 4-star safety from McDonogh High School, has committed to Wisconsin per reports.
Evan Flood of 247Sports reported the news, saying that it was a recent official visit to Madison that sealed the deal for the highly-ranked safety as far as the Badgers are concerned.
— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) October 12, 2015
Burrell had offiically visited Wisconsin for the Badgers’ game against Iowa in early October, and though it was a game that Wisconsin lost; the experience of being at Camp Randall Stadium was obviously enough to intrigue the 4-star.
According to the industry generated 247Sports Composite, Burrell is the No. 17 safety in the 2016 class, so he’s without a doubt a pretty big commitment for the Badgers. He’s also the No. 12 player from the state of Maryland, and if you know anything about recruiting you’d know that’s a pretty big deal. A ton of recruiting talent comes out of the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) region on a yearly basis, and Burrell definitely fits the bill.
His offer list features 17 schools, and programs such as Nebraska, Boston College, Syracuse and Duke we’re all contending for his commitment. Other notable offers for the 4-star include Iowa, Arizona, Navy, Pitt, Rutgers, Virginia and Virginia tech, so the Badgers certainly landed a highly sought-after recruit.
Wisconsin’s 2016 class now features 21 commitments, and boasts big names such as 4-star tackle Cole Van Lanen, 4-star wideout A.J. Taylor, 4-star defensive tackle Garrett Rand and 4-star linebacker Noah Burks.
Today’s U Initial Scouting Report:
Burrell is 6-foot, 185 pounds and is an extremely good athlete. He plays wideout and free safety for McDonogh, but really stands out for his ability as a defender.
Even from the free safety position he’s a downhill-minded defender who thrives at flying up to the line of scrimmage to play physical at the point of attack. He takes great angles of pursuit and is a solid, fundamental tackler. He’s able to read and diagnose a play quickly, which is integral for a safety, and he doesn’t hesitate to react and make a play.
Burrell’s athleticism and speed will allow him to be comfortable and space, and his agility will help him flip his hips and stay over the top of routes for Wisconsin. He also gets a quick break thanks to his good footwork, so overall he projects to be a “dual-threat” safety for the Badgers. He’ll be good in coverage, but will also make a big impact as a force player coming down from the safety position.