Burrows comments on committing to Dogs

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

Even an injury that ended Brandon Burrows’ senior season before it began couldn’t scare Georgia away from the Walton defensive end.

After learning that Burrows tore an ACL in spring practice on an innocuous-looking play, Georgia coach Mark Richt was on the phone, reaffirming the Dogs’ interest in the 6-foot-4, 230-pound rising senior.

“Just thinking back to the morning after I got hurt, I was on the phone with Coach Richt and he said I was still good with them,” Burrows said. “That really said a lot.”

Burrows rewarded Richt’s loyalty by committing to the Bulldogs Wednesday. He becomes their 13th commitment, and chose the Dogs over Florida, Oklahoma, Clemson and N.C. State.

“The impact of that [call] was huge; it’s hard to put into words,” Burrows said. “Especially before committing, when something like that happens, you’re never sure. The first 24 hours after I got hurt were pretty hectic, but it was such a relief [when Georgia called], it’s really hard to describe.”

Burrows, who had surgery on his right knee last month, is the 28th-ranked defensive end in the country, according to Rivals, and the 38th nationally, according to Scout.

He was working out at another position, running back, when he fell in a peculiar manner. It didn’t look serious at the time, but a subsequent examination revealed the torn ACL.

Burrows said his recovery is “a little bit ahead of schedule,” and his high school coach, Rocky Hidalgo said Burrows “looks like he could play now” though, of course, he cannot.

“He’s in good spirits,” Hidalgo said. “It’ll be hard for him when the team hits the field. He always felt like Georgia was the best fit for him.”

The way the Bulldogs coaches stuck with Burrows also impressed Hidalgo.

“He had big-name schools interested in him, but Coach Richt and Coach [Stacy] Searels, he trusted them,” Hidalgo said. “From the get-go, Georgia showed a lot of interest and even after the injury they were still committed to him.”

Burrows also cited a bond with Georgia defensive ends coach Jon Fabris.

“They have a great group of coaches,” Burrows said.

65 comments Add your comment

carolyn

July 8th, 2009
7:22 pm

Mom and Dad are so proud of you, Brandon!!!! GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hart co.

July 8th, 2009
7:30 pm

Brandon, get well and GATA! Go Dawgs!

paul in J-ville

July 8th, 2009
7:36 pm

Real stuff and real people Brandon, you made a great choice not only for the grid-iron but also life. CMR is a class person as much as a class coach and your day will come to shine in Sanford Stadium sooner than you realize. Just a minor set back that you will overcome.
Go Brandon and GOOOOOO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Dawg

July 8th, 2009
8:13 pm

CMR, another point of “Bulldog Pride”……………..

Now Brandon, you get to learn not only about football, but about life and the future!

weatherdawg

July 8th, 2009
8:14 pm

Great to have you Brandon! You made a great choice and so did the Dawgs. Get well soon and we look forward to seeing you in the red and black!

South Georgia Dawg

July 8th, 2009
8:26 pm

Your story is an afforestation of how a coach should treat his players. You will be a good player for Georgia!!! Go Dawgs

Luke

July 8th, 2009
8:29 pm

Man im loving it! Great choice young man. I’m glad you witnessed how real Coach Richt is.

Marietta Dawg

July 8th, 2009
8:38 pm

I am proud to be a DAWG FAN!

Cuz

July 8th, 2009
8:41 pm

Fire Coach Richt if he does not win the NC this year!

How stupid does that sound. I am glad Mark Richt is my Coach because he is a great man. I will cut him slack over National Championships, one loss over Georgia Tech, complaining that JAX is not neutral, because he is a great man. He wants to make a difference in these kids lives, to put them on the right course. And he does.

Atticus

July 8th, 2009
9:04 pm

Congrats Brandon!

I would never trade Mark Richt for Urban Meyer or Nick Saban no matter how many national titles they win. No way.

t

July 8th, 2009
9:04 pm

what does GATA stand for?

anglerdawg

July 8th, 2009
9:14 pm

another fine young man and athelete godspeed

Erk Russell

July 8th, 2009
9:29 pm

Get After Their A@@es!!!

Hugh Durham is a Cool Dude

July 8th, 2009
9:30 pm

Congrats Brandon, I’m sure you will do you, your parents, and the University proud in the upcoming years. Best wishes for a quick recovery and keep your eye on the prize!

STDDawg

July 8th, 2009
9:36 pm

GATA Brandon!! Great to be getting some speed off the edge!

Old Gold

July 8th, 2009
9:38 pm

Glad you didn’t choose Tech. We would have wasted a schollie on you considering you stay hurt. I know we offered, but I am glad that you didn’t choose us. Saves us one more body on the treadmill and hot tub!

Old Gold is Piss color

July 8th, 2009
9:50 pm

Old Gold you should be barred from this site. You are should be a disgrace to anyone associated with GT. BTW, West Ga. offered too but do you think there was any way in Hades he would play in ghetto land?

Old Gold is Piss color

July 8th, 2009
9:52 pm

I heard that Roddy Jones and his wrist are waiting for all cumers in the hot tub!!!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

July 8th, 2009
10:33 pm

I’m glad you Techies and Dawgs are in love with each other – it is so touching!

congrats kid

July 8th, 2009
11:00 pm

congrats kid. Also as a high school football coach here in Georgia who coaches one of the recent Georgia commitments let me say Richt and his staff are not only good coaches but Good men.

Johnny DangerDawg

July 8th, 2009
11:16 pm

Having met Brandon, I can tell you that UGA just picked up a class act all the way. There are lots of talented kids out there, but not all of them can stay out of trouble off the field. Brandon is a great young man and will be an excellent representative of Mark Richt’s program. Congratulations, Brandon!

Bullhammer

July 9th, 2009
12:58 am

Congrats Mr. Burrows! You have made a choice to choose UGA and we the bulldog nation are proud. Sounds like you are a young with class and sense to see Coach Richt and staff as genuine caring people. Never mind any negative attention on this blog brought on by people without class or sense to know that there’s a time for everything and now is the time to congratulate. Make us proud here @ UGA.

Recruitnik

July 9th, 2009
1:03 am

Brandon Burrows and family welcome to the Bulldog Nation. GATA!! I hope your recovery is 100% Brandon and from everyone who have talked about you I keep hearing how great of a young man you are. The bulldog fans and team are very fortunate to have you as a future Dawg.

Paulsen's

July 9th, 2009
1:42 am

Congratulations Brandon and also to Carolyn and Cliff. The entire Walton community is very proud of Brandon and happy for his dedicated and supportive parents!

The Jones'

July 9th, 2009
6:48 am

Brandon, We have watched you numerous days give up your blood, sweat, and tears @ Velocity and Walton H.S. You have shown yourself to be a consumate professional, on and off the field, and you’ve made your parents and our community proud. Challenges in life are presented to prime us for success. You’ve handled yourself wonderfully during this adversity and your success at UGA will come without limits!! Your going to play for a great man and a great program, and we look forward to seeing you play on Saturdays and Sundays!!
Godspeed – Remain mentally and physically strong!!

Diamond Dawg

July 9th, 2009
7:16 am

DEM HEDGES ARE CALLIN!! COME ON DOWN BIG MAN! THE BULLDOG NATION IS HAPPY TO HAVE YOU! YOUR PART OF BEST PROGRAM IN COUNRY!! GO DAWGS!!!!!!! WOOF WOOF WOOF

MB

July 9th, 2009
7:30 am

OGiPC,

I’m sure your fellow UGA fans are extremely proud to have you in their ranks. You’re a real class act…

MikkUGA

July 9th, 2009
8:01 am

Welcome to the DAWG family Brandon! Hope to see you back on the field soon. Take it easy and dont feel the need to rush your recovery. Cant wait to see you in the red and black.

BigDawg63

July 9th, 2009
8:19 am

MB,

Why are you techies here. Go play on your own blog site. You morons come on here like you know something. Anyways, now that I am done with the yellow nats, Brandon, Congrats on chosing Georgia. Bulldawg Nation is a great place to be and we look forward to seeing you in the Red & Black. Get well soon and we will see you in Athens real soon.

MiltonDawg

July 9th, 2009
8:24 am

Congrats and we hope for a speedy recovery for you. Sounds like a great kid. GO DAWGS & THWGT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gator in the Hootch

July 9th, 2009
8:36 am

Atticus, all you Dawg fans have done for the past 28-1/2 years is talk about how your team is going to win the NC this year, and they never do. But you would not trade your coach for a coach who has won the NC 2 out of the last 3 years. Right, I believe you. P.S. FLorida would not make that trade either. We like winning NC, and we don’t like not living up to our potential under the head coach every year.

4DAWGS

July 9th, 2009
8:38 am

Congrats Brandon!! The Dawgs need a class act, hard workin, a$$ kicker
off the edge like you son!!! GATA!!!!!!! GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1eyedJack

July 9th, 2009
9:04 am

The fanbase of any team that consistently finishes in the top 10-15 will dream of National Championships. Some will crow, some will make fools of themselves, and some will just sit proudly and quietly and aspire. We Dawgs are no different, as you can see as you read these blogs. But we have a reason to be proud. We have the tradition of winning (with a few burps i.e. Goff Donnan), a beautiful campus with lots of beautiful girls, fine colleges within the University, great facilities, storied stadium, Bowl Games, and a Damn Good Dawg mascot UGA. No wonder those Johnny Come Latelies over in Old Techwood are jealous, and those Terrible Lizards to the south worry about us.

don't be a hater

July 9th, 2009
9:23 am

What a bunch of saps. CMR’s feel good vibe has total distracted you GA fans from the fact that he can’t take you to the next level. I am sure CMR is a nice guy, but there are a bunch of nice guys out there. What you need are some nice guys who know how to win (Meyer, Tebow, Spikes are examples). And there is not a tradition of winning at GA, there is a tradition of making excuses and talking about next year. UGA = the most overhyped tradition with nothing to back it up excpet a couple years of Herschel. That is not a tradition, that is an aberration.

1eyedJack

July 9th, 2009
9:27 am

Well, we still lead the overall series with you turds. Take that tradition.

Fletch

July 9th, 2009
9:45 am

Yeah having 10 win seasons year after year, winning BCS bowls and multiple conf championships…that’s not a winning tradition at all…when was the last time tech had a 10 win season? What’s your recent bowl record? Have you even been to a BCS bowl? When was the last time you won a conf championship?….Exactly. Please don’t talk to us about winning traditions.

don't be a hater

July 9th, 2009
9:48 am

1eyedJack – is that the same thing as a 1eyedWorm?

46-39 series lead, but since 1990 the serioes is 17 – 3. Sounds like you have a new tradition – losing, while FL has a new tradition of winning. Facts hurt.

Don’t Be A Hater

reservoirDAWG

July 9th, 2009
9:52 am

Yeah, it’s neat that UF started playing football in 1990.

Fletch

July 9th, 2009
9:56 am

oh, guess hater’s a fl fan…sure sounds like a techie. fl has a tradition of wearing jorts. Also, the phrase don’t be a hater is gay

NC_DAWG82

July 9th, 2009
10:25 am

Fletch Lives! He’s right too… the only hater on this blog seems to ironically be “don’t be a hater”. Go crawl back in your hole turd.

BAMA STAN

July 9th, 2009
10:31 am

12 NATIONAL TITLES – 21 SEC TITLES!!!

Great Story – and classy move by the UGA coaches.

Hope this kid gets an excellent education and fulfills his athletic dreams.

ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1eyedJack

July 9th, 2009
10:42 am

don’t be a hater

Bet you have any problem recognizing a 1eyedWorm when you see one.

1eyedJack

July 9th, 2009
10:44 am

Sorry

don’t be a hater

Bet you DON’T have any problem recognizing a 1eyedWorm when you see one.

Voice of Reason

July 9th, 2009
10:55 am

Sounds like Bama Stan is the only person posting in the past hour or so that is over the age of 15. Please keep this immature banter off of this blog. This should be focused on congratulating a kid who has worked hard for many years and has earned a scholarship to attend and play football for a great university. Congrats Brandon, keep up the good work and remember that UGA doesn’t only need players on the field, we need leaders on and off the field as well. GATA

don't be a hater

July 9th, 2009
11:09 am

1eyed – I don’t have any trouble recognizing one, you.

Voice of Reason – you must be a democrat, always trying to silence anyone who disagrees with you by name calling.

NCDawg – I don’t hate on anyone, but everyone is always hating on me for telling the truth. Except for calling out 1eyed for what he is, what have I said that is hateful? I just speak the truth and put down the stats.

Don’t Be a Hater

don't be a hater

July 9th, 2009
11:17 am

I am a gay loser.

1eyedJack

July 9th, 2009
11:20 am

I am a 1eyedworm.

1eyedJack

July 9th, 2009
11:22 am

Sorry, I meant

DON’T BE A HATER is a 1eyedworm.

reservoirDAWG

July 9th, 2009
11:26 am

Congrats. Good choice.

Tennessee Dawg

July 9th, 2009
11:40 am

Congrats to Brandon – wish you the best.

VOICE OF REASON – excellent post – let’s praise these young men for their decisions – whether they decide on schools other than UGA. What an exciting time for these kids.

BAMA STAN – Great Posts – enjoy your comments and how you sometimes like to pull the UGA tail to get us riled up. Liked your idea on jersey colors. Red for day games only – Black for night games only – make every night game a black out. College football is fun – this would be fun for players, opposing players (beat the dawgs during a blackout) and all the fans.

Go Dawgs!