Joshua Burrell has been a top 2021 wide receiver target for Virginia Tech for a while with Burrell prioritizing the Hokies as well. Unsurprisingly, the Hokies are among a group of six schools currently standing out in his recruitment.
"Virginia Tech, Florida State, Virginia, Louisville, Tennessee, and NC State are standing out," Burrell said.
Burrell has a few reasons for why the Hokies are standing out for him from being the first to pursue him to the talent that they already have committed as a part of their 2021 class.
"VT stands out because they were the first to start recruiting me and have always been interested since the start. They’ve got Dee (Dematrius Davis) at QB which is big and VT feels like home," Burrell said.
The Hokies are among two schools that are currently recruiting Burrell the hardest along with Florida State, though Tech has been recruiting Burrell for much longer than the Seminoles. Those two schools also have the two coaches who have built the strongest relationships with Burrell: VT WRs coach Jafar Williams and FSU offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham.
Burrell had this to say about his strong relationship with Jafar Williams.
"Coach Williams is a real cool coach. We can bond easier because he is a younger coach too. I know if I ever needed to go to him about anything, I could too," Burrell said.
Looking ahead, Burrell told us that he doesn't currently have a timeline for making a decision, but is hoping to take visits to several schools once the dead period ends, which will be no sooner than the end of May. When it does, Burrell also knows of one school where he wants to "for sure" take an official visit to, Virginia Tech.
Though Burrell isn't committed to Virginia Tech or anywhere else at the moment, he does feel that he would fit well in Blacksburg and bring a similar style to that of a prominent, former Virginia Tech wide receiver.
"I think I’d be an excellent fit! I think I’d be like another Damon Hazelton because of my size. Most of the receivers on campus already are slimmer guys or at least slimmer than me. With me being a different type of receiver, I feel like I can make an early impact as well. I want to be that big body that can go up and get it for VT, but also can make plays in the short game," Burrell said.
There's no doubt that the Hokies likely want to add a bigger receiver or 2 this cycle who can be utilized a lot on 50-50 balls down the field and in the end zone as we saw with Hazelton and see plenty of times with Tre Turner.
Given the current landscape, there's no doubt that the Hokies benefit from the fact that Joshua Burrell, along with his twin brother and three-star Jordan Burrell, have visited Virginia Tech a lot. That included a trip this past fall to see the Hokies in action beating ranked Wake Forest.
Overall, Virginia Tech is in very good shape with Joshua Burrell as the Hokies look to land a top wide receiver out of the state of South Carolina for the third-straight recruiting cycle.