Clemson recruiting stays hot, adds 10th commitment in LB Burrell

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CLEMSON – T.J. Burrell T.J. Burrell
6-1, 195
Goose Creek, SC

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took a look at the all of the big-time recruits Clemson was bringing in for the 2012 season, and decided it was something he wanted to be a part of.

As a result, the 3-star linebacker out of Goose Creek called recruiter Tony Elliott, defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney late Friday to tell them that he wanted to be a Clemson Tiger.

“Clemson is a place I fell in love with from the beginning,” Burrell told TigerNet. “I love the campus, and I love the coaching staff they have there. They are building a championship team there, and that is something I talked to Coach Swinney about. I definitely see that, and I always tell people that. We are a team to look out for in the long run. They will see.”

Burrell said the conversation with Swinney was short and to the point.

“He told me he was ready for me to be a Tiger, and I told him so was I,” he said.

The 6-foot, 200-pounder said the decision to commit was an easy one.

“I am already in love with the school, so I wanted to go ahead and make the decision,” he said. “This way, I can focus on my books, and focus on my game this year. That way, I can bring my true student-athlete to Clemson.”

Burrell chose the Tigers over Duke, East Carolina, Illinois, Kentucky, South Carolina and Vanderbilt, and is the 10th commitment of the 2012 class.

He lacks the size of a true strongside linebacker on the collegiate level, but has the kind of speed and pursuit ability that defensive coordinators love when trying to defend the spread offense. He could play either linebacker or safety on the collegiate level.

His commitment is the sixth in just over a week for Swinney and the Tigers, joining Travis Blanks, Ronnie Geohaghan, Bradley Pinion, Cordrea Tankersley and Chad Kelly. Jay Guillermo, Patrick DeStefano and Germone Hopper were the earlier commitments.

As a junior, he had 97 tackles and two interceptions.

2012   F O O T B A L L  C O M M I T S
NamePOSHT, WTHometown (School)
Travis BlanksDB6-1 180Tallahassee, FL (North Florida Christian HS)
T.J. BurrellLB6-1 195Goose Creek, SC (Goose Creek HS)
Patrick DeStefanoOL 6-4 275Roebuck, SC (Dorman HS)
Ronnie GeohaghanS 6-0 185Fairfax, SC (Allendale Fairfax HS)
Jay Guillermo OL 6-3 285Maryville, TN (Maryville HS)
Germone Hopper ATH 6-0 175Charlotte, NC (Phillip Berry Academy)
Chad Kelly QB 6-2 205Buffalo, NY (St Joseph's Collegiate Inst)
Shaquille LawsonDL 6-4 240Central, SC (Daniel HS)
Bradley PinionK6-6 220Concord, NC (Northwest Cabarrus HS)
Cordrea TankersleyATH6-2 195Aiken, SC (Silver Bluff HS)

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