Georgia lands Walton DE Burrows

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

Walton defensive end Brandon Burrows was impressed at how quickly Georgia called him after he suffered a season-ending-before-it-even-started injury. His high school coach lauded Bulldogs coach Mark Richt for doing “the right thing.”

On Wednesday, Burrows, a 6-foot-4, 238-pound rising senior who tore an ACL in spring workouts, repaid Georgia for sticking with him, becoming the Bulldogs’ 13th commitment. He chose the Dogs over Florida. Oklahoma, Clemson and N.C. State also were interested in Burrows.

“He’s a special player and a special person — polite, respectful, honest, conscientious, all the things you want your son to be,” Walton first-year coach Rocky Hidalgo told the AJC in May.

Burrows is the 28th-ranked defensive end in the country, according to Rivals, and the 38th nationally, according to Scout.

51 comments Add your comment

RxDawg

July 8th, 2009
3:47 pm

A DE! Allright, congrats man. Now go put some QB’s in the dirt!

Sanford Drive

July 8th, 2009
3:55 pm

A DE – thank God

TheItaliandawg

July 8th, 2009
4:06 pm

One thing I cant understand about players rating by rivals and scout.com, this kid for example is offered and recruited by Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Oklahoma,Tennessee, NC state and few other schools and rated as 3 stars while other DEs are not recruited by major SEC or BCS schools and rated 4 stars by scout and rivals, can anybody tell me why? there must be something special about this kid to get offered by all these major SEC schools, but rivals and scout clearly dont agree.

DOG FAN

July 8th, 2009
4:09 pm

another de don’t forget fields

DOG FAN

July 8th, 2009
4:12 pm

another de don’t forget fields he is a bad dude

dap01

July 8th, 2009
4:13 pm

Congratulation Brandon! Go Dawgs.

Ben

July 8th, 2009
4:13 pm

Welcome aboard.

Maddog

July 8th, 2009
4:16 pm

I spoke with a friend who said Scout reported this kid blew out his ACL in the spring and won’t play this season, and the kid was quoted as saying he suffered the same injury on his other knee the year before. Makes me wonder about his durability.

Craps

July 8th, 2009
4:17 pm

good find on the flats babycakes

B

July 8th, 2009
4:25 pm

Great pick up. Welcome to the Dawg Nation Brandon.

DOG FAN

July 8th, 2009
4:28 pm

never pay attention to the stars a player is rated a lot of times the lower rated players become better than the 4&5 star players. although i would love to get that lb jeff luc

True fan

July 8th, 2009
4:35 pm

dont pay attention to rivals and scout all the time. If fla, okla, and uga recruited this kid then you know he must be good. I’ve seen too many 5 stars become busts and a lot of two stars become good college players.

Dawgs

July 8th, 2009
4:35 pm

I remember a 3 star DE that went to UGA named David Pollack or something like that…

True fan

July 8th, 2009
4:36 pm

jeff luc def. deserves the 5 star. that kid is a freak!!!

Volman

July 8th, 2009
4:42 pm

don't be a hater

July 8th, 2009
4:47 pm

Rumor is that he really liked FL but Meyer would not promise him a starting position, so he went to the school with the least depth. Makes you wonder about a kid when he is scared of competition for a starting position and won’t go to his favorite school.

DOG FAN

July 8th, 2009
4:50 pm

i think uga needs to send ever choach we got down to visit jeff luc and land this man then all we’ll need is whitker stripling and smith

DOG FAN

July 8th, 2009
4:52 pm

don’t be a hater that’s just dam_ stupid

DOG FAN

July 8th, 2009
4:54 pm

sorry about miss spelling them names

Preston

July 8th, 2009
4:55 pm

Cool. A couple more stud DE’s to compete for starts and we’ll be in great shape on defense. GATA!

Herman Archie

July 8th, 2009
4:56 pm

Isn’t BJ Butler supposed to play DE for us too??? I see on Rivals where he’s now listed at LB (?). What gives?

don't be a hater

July 8th, 2009
4:58 pm

dog fan – if you don’t believe me, then just ask his mama

Voice of Reason

July 8th, 2009
4:58 pm

funny how that is the rumor about EVERY player that commits to UGA over UF…. hmmmm

don't be a hater

July 8th, 2009
5:00 pm

voice or reason – isn’t just the opposite, very sad that players pick UGA because they can start as true freshman.

DOG FAN

July 8th, 2009
5:01 pm

ain’t nobody promised him a starting position 2 years from now

Ali Akbar Allah

July 8th, 2009
5:05 pm

Looks like he will fit right in with all the other injured players in Athens. I can already hear the injury excuses why the dogs lost their second straight to the Gold Men of North Avenue in November.

I Smell Like Corn Dogs

July 8th, 2009
5:05 pm

Why no love from your childhood favorite? You should have come to Baton Rouge.

T-Dog

July 8th, 2009
5:10 pm

Good pick up for us. Reshad J. hasn’t been a world beater for us and he was a 5 star a few years ago, then again so was Stafford. You can’t tell how they will turn out.

I am a hater!

July 8th, 2009
5:10 pm

don’t be a hater- how would you explain why UF has so many freshmen that play?

DOG FAN

July 8th, 2009
5:11 pm

ali bubba it will be 7or8 maybe 9or10 before you get brag again

I am a hater!

July 8th, 2009
5:11 pm

Ali Akbar Allah is a terrorist!

FL DAWG

July 8th, 2009
5:14 pm

hator, reason and all the others, I think the same thing was said for the DB out of S.GA that decommitted from UF and signed with FSU last February. Every school that recruited the db and didn’t get him made the same statement, he was “afraid of competition”. In reality, the kid made a decision that he thought was in his best interest, as did Burrows. Can’t say I blame Burrows for that, and just because he “really liked” UF, doesn’t mean they were his number one choice. I don’t think Richt promised him a starting position, in fact in some ways he stepping up to a bigger challenge. Perhaps at UF he knew he would get his time down the road, where as at UGA he wants to compete today for the starting position. The ultimate point being is that he (Burrows) chose the school that he thinks is in his best interest. I am sure every player that signs with UF thinks the same thing. At least I hope they do. Good luck to Mr. Burrows and welcome to the Dawg Nation now GATA. Go Dawgs.

T-Dog

July 8th, 2009
5:15 pm

Ali go blow your self up some where on the GT campus. Maybe CPJ will be close by.

FL DAWG

July 8th, 2009
5:17 pm

Does anyone know the status for Tanner Strickland? I saw a post that said he was out for the season with a shoulder injury, but have not seen anything since that post.

Dawg1

July 8th, 2009
5:37 pm

‘Don’t be a hater’ – ‘your a hater’.

Florida will be fine with or without this kid. So will UGA. Show a little class and wish the kid well.

Ali – talk trash while you can. Tech will lose and lose pretty big to UGA this year.

SportsFan

July 8th, 2009
5:52 pm

A DE with a blown ACL. Congrats!!!

Dawg'94

July 8th, 2009
5:55 pm

The few “experts” I have seen from Scouts & Rivals look like they played in the band, not the football team. They seem to be jock sniffers. Kinda like Tech guys. If Oklahoma & Florida wanted him, he is a PLAYER. Welcome & GO DAWGS!

ATLGT

July 8th, 2009
5:57 pm

Truth is that he had schollies still on the table from OK, FL, and BAMA just to name a few…clearly they saw something in this kid. I wish GT would have been in the running for him.
He was a projected 4 or five star before be tore his ACL.

As bad as I hate to say it, this is a solid pickup for UGA.

ATLGT

July 8th, 2009
6:00 pm

Also – I think I speak for all of the coaches out there that kept their offer. You don’t pull schollies from a kid just because he gets hurt. Are they going to start kicking kids off the team now that get injured…I think not!

Island Dawg

July 8th, 2009
6:01 pm

Diff b/n in the country and nationally? Please help here

Carolyn Burrows

July 8th, 2009
6:20 pm

Brandon was offered a starting position with Florida but they did not show the love after the acl like GA. GO DAWGS!!!! Love Mom

DOGGIE IN NC

July 8th, 2009
6:23 pm

Injuries in football are a given – the man will heal and have possibly, a great 3-4 years as a Doggie. Welcome aboard Red Blood! GO DOGGIES!

rickyt

July 8th, 2009
6:25 pm

great to see a raider coming to the dawgs, i think the last one was chuck carswell, oh that may show how old i am. they didn’t grow them that big when i went there

SamoanDawg

July 8th, 2009
7:11 pm

Depth @ DE:

Roderick Battle-sr

Demarcus Dobbs-rjr
Kiante Tripp-rjr

Cornelius Washington-so
Justin Houston-rso
Neland Ball-rso

Jeremy Longo-rfr
Montez Robinson-fr

Battle, Dobbs, Washington and Robinson are the top 4.. Kiante is very close. I expect big numbers from these guys.

Gator in the Hootch

July 8th, 2009
8:16 pm

Nice DE. He has nice potential to be a star at DE. But I would prefer Ronald Powell for the Gators. Also, Owanabae Odighizuwa, T.J. Stripling, and Corey Lemonier. But good get for the Dawgs.

BKbroila

July 8th, 2009
9:44 pm

Gator in the hooch…TJ Stripling is UGA bound, my friend!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

July 8th, 2009
10:39 pm

Obviously he was rated three stars because of his injury ….. after his his recovery he will move up.

bank walker

July 9th, 2009
9:28 am

I agree with ATLGT. He has offers from all over even with an ACL tear. I think this is very solid for the Dawgs, and hopefully this keeps the train rolling. Jeff Luc also said some very good things about UGA a few days ago. He is the one I want the Dawgs to land!

Long Dawg

July 9th, 2009
3:58 pm

Holy Smoke, some maturity and civility on this blog. Just waiting for M, St. Simmons, Ramble On and Yellow fuzz to ruin it.

Mike T.

July 10th, 2009
5:08 pm

These guys are probably shunning UF, realizing Urban Meyer will be a Notre Dame next year.