March 14, 2011

Burrows is putting it together

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Over the last several years, Trotwood-Madison High School has become one of the top schools in Ohio for producing Division I football talent. Trotwood saw three players sign with Division I programs last month and the cupboard is fully stocked in the 2012 and 2013 classes.

One of the top prospects on the roster is class of 2013 defensive back Cameron Burrows. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound cornerback/athlete had a big sophomore season, picking off six passes and helping the Rams reach the Division II state championship game.

"It felt pretty good," said Burrows of the experience of playing in the state finals. "I was hoping to get a win but that was the best game I had all year. The seniors respected me for it and that's the game that most colleges started (showing interest) from."

Burrows is a rare commodity as he has the size that you would typically find in a safety yet has the athleticism and quick hip turn to excel in man-to-man coverage. Because of that, it comes as no surprise that colleges are already contacting the Trotwood coaching staff about the outstanding sophomore.

"Coach Doug (Trotwood head coach Maurice Douglass) told me Colorado, Missouri, and Oregon (are interested)," Burrows explained. "I also stay in touch with Ohio State's DB coach (Taver Johnson), I call him."

Early in the process, one school is standing out the most to the versatile defender.

"Ohio State," Burrows said, when asked if he had a favorite school. "They go to bowl games every year and I've just liked them since I was little. I went to the games against Miami (Fla.) and Michigan and I liked it a lot."

This off-season, Burrows will be working out with former Ohio State defensive back and current Pittsburgh Steeler Will Allen. Allen has been a friend of the family since his high school days at Huber Heights Wayne.

"I'm just trying to work on my technique as a DB so that I can just shutdown everybody that comes my way," Burrows said. "We text throughout the season and he just tells me to work hard, to keep doing what I'm doing, and to keep my grades up."

With Trotwood losing the bulk of its receiving corps, Burrows will likely be seeing action on both sides of the football in 2011, and that's just fine with him.

"I actually started out as a receiver early on, I just got transformed into a DB," he explained. "At the time I was playing wide receiver, I got stitches in my hand and I couldn't catch any balls at the beginning of my freshman year."

Burrows is planning to make his way to Columbus in June for the Ohio State camp.


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