Getting to know a Nole: Joshua Burrell

In the last few weeks, Florida State’s true freshmen who enrolled early have had the chance to meet with the media via Zoom. As we learn more about them, we’ll include some bio information, quotes from their interviews and post the full video.

Next: Joshua Burrell. If you missed our previous look at Bryston EstesKevin Knowles or Jackson West click on the links. Stories on FSU’s transfers are archived here.

Quick facts: The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Burrell will wear No. 81 for the Seminoles.

High school: Burrell was considered a top-5 prospect in South Carolina, playing in the state’s highest classification, by 247Sports and ESPN. He had 57 catches for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior at Blythewood High. Burrell also ran track, competing on a school-record 4×200 relay team and in sprints.

Evaluating Burrell: The Osceola staff evaluated Burrell’s junior film last summer. “He looks like he could play either a perimeter or slot receiver,” Patrick Burnham wrote. “He has the size and strength to create mismatches against smaller receivers and enough speed to give safeties and linebackers problems inside.”

What has been your favorite part of being on campus and most challenging part?: “It’s great being on campus, being able to enroll early and just meet everybody on campus. To take in the whole college experience and be able to be with the team and all the other recruits that came in and all of that is great. I wouldn’t say I have any challenges.” 

Why was it important to enroll early?: “It is very beneficial. I always wanted to enroll early since I was thinking about playing college football. Just being able to come in early, get into the playbook, the weight room, and build relationships with other guys and start classes, is great. I definitely think it is going to benefit me.” 

You are active on social media, often recruiting prospects for the 2021 class. Is that your personality?: “That’s part of my personality. When I committed, I was fully bought in, and just being able to be 100 percent, I was able to go out and do recruiting and all of that stuff because I was fully bought in on my end. So just being able to recruit guys on social media is great. I’m just trying to bring in the right guys for Florida State football.”

What was it about Coach Norvell and Coach Dugans that convinced you so early?: “Just talking about the tradition of Florida State football, the logo, national championships, guys going to the league, and just the vision they had for the team with the offense. Also, how the school is becoming better every year. The university is a top-20 institution. So all of that just went into my decision, and considering all of that, I was able to buy in.”

How much have you been able to interact with McKenzie Milton?: “It’s great. Having a guy to come in with a lot of experience, winning culture coming from UCF. Just being able to bring that in is great. I know he’s going to have a huge impact. We’ve definitely interacted as he’s trying to get to know people and putting names and faces. And just trying to do things on our own and taking the initiative, be able to run routes, build chemistry, and just taking it all in. He is doing a great job being a leader of this team.”

With Malik (McClain) and Desytn (Hill), do you guys talk about what you can do as receivers this year?: “I met Destyn on my unofficial visit in March, and I’ve been texting him and calling him and all of that. And we’ve talked about bringing back winning tradition and talking about bringing back wide receiver U and all of that stuff. Same with Malik, we’ve just bought in and ready to work and hope to bring a lot of depth to the receiving group position.”