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SoCal OL keeping options open

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While the number of offers for offensive linemen are way down in the Golden State this season. The feeling is there is untapped talent that the D-I schools want to see this fall and with a good senior season will see his offers multiply. One of those offensive linemen that D-I schools want to check out is three-star Jamaal Burrell (6-5, 275, 5.3) from Compton (Calif.) Dominguez.
Arizona is ahead of the recruiting curve and is out of the box with an offer. Other schools that are showing interest and could offer in the fall, if not before are UCLA, Cal, Arizona State and USC.
Burrell worked on improving his skills camping with Arizona State and UCLA.
"It was a nice campus at A-State," Burrell said. "It was hot, but other than that it was pretty nice. I learned how to take choppy steps for blocking and I will be able to use that this fall."
"At UCLA it was pretty much the same thing except I played some defensive line," Burrell said. "I learned the crowbar technique, which is a defensive linemen move."
"USC is my number one school right now," Burrell said. "Then A-State, Cal, Arizona and UCLA, but really everyone is pretty close."
"I've been invited to see Arizona State play Georgia," Burrell said. "And I'm planning on going."
What is Burrell looking for in a school?
"I'm looking to get a good education at a good football school," Burrell said. "I'm also looking for a school that has a good college environment."
In the weight room, Burrell currently benches 275, squats 420 and power cleans 265. He has also recorded a 33-inch vertical jump.
In an earlier interview with Dominguez assistant coach Vada Boykins, he had the following to say about his talented offensive lineman.
"When USC defensive coordinator Nick Holt came by and said, 'who is that?' Everybody who came by the school has the same reaction."
"The thing is he plays as good as he looks," Boykins said. "Jamaal has a passion for the game. He takes pride in making that block that blows open the hole that makes the difference."
"Jamaal has a great work ethic and does whatever the coaches ask," Boykins said. "He loves to work out. We never have a problem with him missing a workout."
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