Dominant offensive lineman Matthew Burrell is still considering a large collection of teams as his nationwide recruitment reaches a crucial stretch. The 4-star prospect provided an indication of how expansive the process remains Wednesday night when he tweeted a list of his top 15 options:
Top 15! pic.twitter.com/nAKVFWzUE9— Matthew Burr€ll Jr!! (@__Triumphant) June 5, 2014
The teams are listed in alphabetical order with the exception of Iowa, an outlier that wasn't explained by the Woodbridge, Virginia standout. His favorites feature every national champion since 2004.
Rated No. 7 nationally among offensive tackles in 247Sports' composite rankings, Burrell spent time at Ohio State last weekend, so it's no surprise to see the Buckeyes land on this list. Big Ten Conference opponents Penn State, Iowa and Michigan also made the cut.
The rising senior at C.D. Hylton High School didn't include any in-state institutions but is open to plenty of options in the region, including South Carolina and Clemson. Aside from the Gamecocks, SEC squads are prevalent among his preferred programs.
Burrell lists Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, LSU, Florida and Texas A&M as conference contenders.
Which conference will 4-star OL Matthew Burrell end up playing in?
The Aggies aren't his only potential landing spot out west. Texas and Oklahoma are also in the mix.
Reigning national champion Florida State is also under consideration for the No. 3 recruit in Virginia.
Teams left outside of his top 15 include Notre Dame, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin. No Pac-12 programs are mentioned.
Burrell clearly has plenty of opportunities to weigh as he approaches a decision. Expect summer campus visits and further conversations with collegiate coaching staffs to help trim down a lengthy list.
The punishing 6'5", 290-pound blocker is projected to sign with Ohio State by 92 percent of expert predictions in 247Sports' Crystal Ball. Alabama and Texas each currently claim 4 percent of prognosticators' picks.
Recruit information courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.