Chancellor Sophomore A Major College Target

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Chancellor (Fredericksburg, VA) offensive lineman/defensive lineman  Matthew Burrell  has scored offers from Clemson, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech.  Only a sophomore, the 6’5″, 265-pound prospect seems to be taking the major college attention in stride.

“I just want to compete right now with the best,” Burrell said.  “It’s not overwhelming at all.  It’s driving me to work harder.”

The 2012 season was Burrell’s first as a full-time starter on the varsity level.  Primarily a member of the Chargers’ junior varsity squad as a freshman, Burrell, who says he is “very competitive,” couldn’t wait for his chance to shine on a higher level. “It just made me hungry,” Burrell said of not being a full-time player on the varsity his freshman year.  “I was starving to get out on the field.  I was ready for any obstacle, from size to speed.”

Playing on the varsity was an adjustment, but Burrell felt good about his overall performance.  Obviously, college coaches liked what they saw as well.

“I had to be mentally tough.  It was a learning experience, learning the speed of the game,” said Burrell, who ended up earning first-team all-Battlefield District honors for his performance at left tackle last season.  He also played defensive tackle for head coach Bob Oliver.

Burrell comes from an athletic background.  His father played both football and basketball, and his mother played basketball.  The Chancellor rising junior plays both sports as well, saying he “loves them both.” Football, though, is his future.  And with basketball season complete, his focus is now on preparing for the 2013 football season.

“I’m in the weight room three days a week,” said Burrell.  “I want to get stronger.  I’m also working on my speed, my footwork, and my agility.  I’m focused on improving on both offense and defense.”

Recruiting-wise, Burrell and his family have checked out several schools, including Maryland, N.C. State, and Virginia.  The talented sophomore isn’t thinking too hard about where he will go to college, but he did enjoy all of the trips he has made thus far.

“They were all wonderful,” said