Maplewood LB Commits to Virginia

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Linebacker Denzel Burrell of Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey has committed to Virginia, according to assistant coach Greg Cooper.

Denzel Burrell has committed to the University of Virginia,” Cooper said. “He visited there for their Junior Day and spring game and just felt really comfortable with the players and the coaching staff. UVa was the first to offer and they have always been high on his list. He visited a few other schools but he didn’t get the feeling from any of them that he had at Virginia. Virginia’s where he wants to be academically and athletically.”

Playing from the defensive end spot as a junior, Burrell had 75 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, and 26 QB hurries. He projects as an outside linebacker at the collegiate level.

“What Virginia likes about him the most is that he’s relentless towards the quarterback,” Cooper said. “He has tremendous change of direction. He runs the 5-10-5 drill in 4.21 seconds. He makes it hard for offensive linemen to block him because he uses such great angles. He has a lot of moves to get away from linemen. Also, he has long arms with his 6-4 frame. He has tremendous instinct and toughness.”

Burrell was also receiving interest from Maryland, Purdue, Iowa, Pitt, and UNC. He is Virginia’s ninth commitment for the 2005 recruiting class, as the Cavaliers continue to reel in the early verbals.