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Joshua Burrell – Ron Dugans Version 2.0

Florida State was able to add a talented piece to its team Friday with the commitment of 2021 wide receiver Joshua Burrell from Blythewood, South Carolina. We look at the impact of Burrell’s commitment and what FSU can expect from this standout playmaker.

Joshua Burrell has been a name that Florida State fans became familiar with earlier this year after a March visit. Since, he has been mentioned as a player FSU was in good shape for. Most of that was an assumption as Burrell hasn’t done many interviews, choosing to go through his recruiting process quietly and behind closed doors. Burrell did tell us the first part of May that he “loved FSU”, hinting that something may be coming down the line.

Friday, Joshua announced that he publicly committed to the Seminoles on Instagram, making it official. 

First, let’s look at what there’s to like about Joshua and his game. As a junior, he had 57 catches for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns. At 6’2”, 210 pounds Joshua has the build that Mike Norvell and his staff like in their offense. When you look at what Coach Norvell had at Memphis, two players that stood out were Antonio Gibson (6’ 220 pounds) and Damonte Coxie (6’3” 197 pounds). 

Burrell uses his size well and to his advantage. The word strong can be used in several different ways with Joshua – he is strong off the line, helping him get separation. He has some of the strongest and best hands in the country which allows him to make tough, contested catches. Simply put, Joshua is a bully when he has the ball in his hands. 

The FSU coaches turned up the pressure for Burrell in March when he visited, showing him that they think he is a difference-maker in the 2021 class. Just what makes him a difference-maker? As we said, he uses his size very well. When you cut on the tape you see a player that has excellent concentration – he makes the tough catches and isn’t afraid to absorb contact. 

Joshua gets after it when he plays football. He’s a violent blocker. This part of his game is advanced for a high school player. Frankly there aren’t a lot of wide receivers that want to get after it when the ball isn’t coming to them. This helps make Joshua an all-around threat. He’s a natural pass catcher, is explosive and runs good routes. 

Speed seems to be the biggest knock on Burrell as a player. In 2019 Joshua ran 11.27 in the 100 meters, a very good number for a high school kid and for someone his size. While Burrell isn’t shifty or a player that will cut back on you, he gets upfield quickly and does a great job using his size to create separation that quicker and faster players would get. He isn’t necessarily a deep threat, but he shows time and time again that he can outrun defensive backs. The speed is there to be a consistent threat.

This is a very good take for FSU as they look to sign three wide receivers this year. He reminds us of his future coach and current FSU wide receivers coach Ron Dugans. Dugans was a tough, physical wide receiver. Like Burrell, many questioned Dugans’ “long speed” when he was at FSU. All Ron was able to do was be a four-year letterman, win a national title, and work to be drafted in the third round of the 2000 draft.


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