Vols to Host Georgia Cornerback on Official Visit

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    Tennessee’s coaches continue their search for cornerbacks in the 2019 recruiting class. One of their top targets is zeroing in on a commitment date sometime later this summer, and he’s planning on taking his first official visit of his recruitment to Tennessee.

    Warren Burrell is a 6-foot, 170 pound corner from Suwanee, Georgia. He included the Vols in his top seven teams earlier this month, and now he’s planning on taking an official visit to Tennessee according to 247Sports. This would be Burrell’s first official visit of his recruitment, and he plans on coming in next weekend at the beginning of June. He reportedly plans to use his second official visit to go to Florida.

    According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Burrell is the No. 409 overall prospect and No. 38 cornerback in the 2019 class. Most recruiting analysts believe he’s expected to have a jump in the rankings whenever 247Sports puts out another update, however. He holds offers from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Auburn, Ohio State, Penn State, and many others.

    Burrell has already visited Tennessee a couple times on unofficial visits. Tennessee’s new coaching staff gave him a scholarship offer back on January 16th, and he unofficially visited campus on March 17th and again for the Orange & White Game in April. He’s recently unofficially visited both Florida and Auburn as well.

    As a player, Burrell presents a lot of upside. Coaches recognized him as 1st-team all-state for his performance in his junior season at North Gwinnett High School. At 6-foot, 170 pounds, he doesn’t have bad size either. With a 4.53 40 time, he has the speed to cover faster receivers. He is a player that might end up a better safety than corner in college, but he has solid skills as a defensive back regardless of position.

    Burrell has great hips and is a very fluid athlete, and he has elite ball skills as well. A corner that can read the ball in the air and go make a play on it is incredibly valuable to a team, and he can do just that. Time and time again on his film he can be seen tracking the ball and reaching it at its highest point. Tackling is not a concern for him either. It isn’t necessarily a strength of his, but it certainly isn’t a weakness. One concern is his physicality at the line of scrimmage. He is rarely seen playing up on receivers, and with his somewhat average strength, it’s fair to wonder whether he can be successful in press coverage.

    As a junior last season, Burrell totaled 26 tackles, a tackle for loss, five interceptions, 11 passes defended, two fumble recoveries, a safety, and a defensive touchdown off an interception according to MaxPreps.

    The Vols need several defensive backs in their 2019 recruiting class. Right now, Tennessee doesn’t have a single corner or safety committed to them in the 2019 cycle. Burrell is one of Tennessee’s top targets in the class, and expect them to pull out the red carpet for him on his official visit next weekend.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.