Talented 2021 WR Joshua Burrell has emerged as one of the top offensive playmakers in the Carolinas in his class with plenty of schools showing interest in him and his twin brother, 2021 three-star DB Jordan Burrell.
In general, the Burrell brothers are continuing to hope together with several schools interested in both brothers including Virginia Tech who was the first to offer Jordan Burrell.
In part because of that, Joshua Burrell has 3 ACC schools currently standing out in his recruitment in Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, and Louisville.
Joshua Burrell had this to say about why each of these schools are standing out in his recruitment.
Virginia Tech: "They’ve been recruiting us (himself and Jordan Burrell) the longest, keep in contact, offered Jordan and I, and it’s always a home feeling when we’re there."
Georgia Tech: "They’ve offered the both of us also and show interest, we’ve only been once though."
Louisville: "They haven’t offered Jordan yet but they keep in contact, I think they’ll be offering soon. We’ll be going to visit there soon."
The three aforementioned teams standing out are also the three recruiting him the hardest. Additionally, Burrell told us that he is looking at visiting Virginia Tech this spring while planning to visit Auburn this weekend and Louisville in the near future.
One of the most important recruiting relationship is between a player and his potential position coach with Joshua Burrell building a strong relationship with Tech WRs coach Jafar Williams.
"It’s a real chill relationship, I like how he’s a younger coach and he coaches my position. Since he’s young I can talk to him easier and joke around some too. He’s a real cool guy," Burrell said.
TEs coach James Shibest has led the charge in Burrell's recruiter as Tech's primary recruiter in South Carolina with Burrell building a strong relationship with Shibest as well.
"He’s a cool coach and person as well. He actually came to the school today (Thursday, 1/23) with Coach (Ryan) Smith, the corners coach. He’s the first coach I met in my recruiting process so we go back," Burrell said.
Burrell's time with Shibest and Smith also went well as he and his brother were able to personally meet Tech's new cornerbacks coach, and get to have a good conversation with them.
"It was good, we caught up and met (Ryan) Smith for the first time. We also joked around a good bit and it was good to see them," Burrell said.
The fact that Tech, and other schools, are prioritizing Joshua Burrell shouldn't come as a surprise as he had 57 receptions for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns this past season. Given that productivity, Burrell has plenty of strengths to his game, but also admits to having some weaknesses as he described to us.
"I’d say my strengths are having strong hands, good IQ and route running, creating separation, dropping my hips, and good speed for my size. Weaknesses would be just getting faster and explosive, but I’m definitely working on everything this offseason," Burrell said.
Joshua Burrell remains a priority wide receiver target for Virginia Tech in the 2021 with the Hokies in great shape currently in their pursuit of him.