It took a few months, but Tennessee has finally picked up a cornerback commitment for their 2019 class. Warren Burrell announced his intention to play for the Vols on Friday, giving Tennessee their 16th commitment of the current cycle. Burrell picked the Vols over Florida and N.C. State.
After head coach Jeremy Pruitt took care of the offensive and defensive lines, the clear and obvious need at cornerback was one of the few things left to address. It was — and probably still is — Tennessee’s No. 1 need after the Vols struck out late in the 2018 cycle with several top defensive backs.
Burrell is a four-star prospect according to Rivals.com and a three-star according to 247Sports.com. The 6-0, 166 pound cornerback is out of Suwanee, Georgia. He is the 44th ranked cornerback in the nation and the 481st ranked prospect in the 2019 class, per 247 Sports.
Burrell brings some ball-skills to the table on the outside. He racked up five picks last season as a junior while being credited with 11 passes defensed. Burrell is instinctive in coverage and shows a nice ability to read and react to what’s developing in front of him. He was beaten deep a couple of times in the film below, but Burrell shows some decent recovery speed down the field. His reported 4.72 40 yard dash may be why he’s not ranked higher nationally.
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