Another leader of the Elite '15 has signed on the dotted line. Four-star offensive lineman Matthew Burrell is ready to embark on the next leg of his journey to the National Football League, after signing his letter of intent with Ohio State this morning.
A U.S. Army All-American, the 6'4, 321-pound guard committed to the Buckeyes over scholarship offers from many of the top programs in the country. Receiving offers from more than 30 schools, Burrell finally picked Ohio State over the likes of Penn State, LSU, Tennessee, and Florida State in November, closing the door on his recruitment.
One of the top linemen in the country, Burrell is considered the seventh offensive guard and 107th-overall prospect in the 2015 class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Land-Grant Holy Land football analyst Christopher Jason had the following to say on the latest OSU signee:
"Matthew Burrell is very strong, standing at 6'4, and over 300 pounds with even more room to add additional strength. He plays with an edge, or a nasty streak on the field, something that has been hard to find recently when it comes to offensive line recruits.
He paves the way as a run blocker and once he gets a hold, he puts the defender on skates and drives him into the ground. He displays good leg power which allows him to drive his defender. He is pretty quick off the ball for his size, which allows him to get a good initial pop before driving the defender off the ball.
In pass protection, Burrell does a good job of getting to his base and anchoring himself to ward off pass rushers. Like in his run block, he uses his arms well to pop the defender and throw him off of his pass rush.
As with most players his age, he will only get better with technique once he lands on campus but he has a solid foundation to build on. His aggressive mindset and body will allow him to compete for the two-deep as a freshman but we will see how the depth chart works out. Burrell is a joy to watch on film, as he is an old-school offensive lineman who shows tenacity and goes hard until the whistle blows."
Get a better feel for what Burrell will bring to the Buckeyes with these highlights, courtesy of Hudl: