“I went to their camp, and I committed," John Burrow said of his commitment to the Vanderbilt Commodores. "The day before the camp coach [Bobby] Johnson told me he wanted to offer me a scholarship. I thought about it and decided to commit.”
“We went up there Friday to Nashville. We saw the city. We got with coach [Robbie] Caldwell. He gave us a tour around the facilities. I met the defensive line coach [Rick Logo], and I liked him.”
“I liked the city and the coaches. I went to the camp and decided it was the right place for me. You get a good education at Vanderbilt."
Burrow was recruited to play defensive end, but he has spent most of his career playing another position.
“I started playing defensive end this past year," he said. "I have always played linebacker. The Vanderbilt coaches told me they recruited me as a defensive end, but I could play linebacker. I am currently 6-4.5, 220-pounds.”
Burrow talks about his strengths and what he hopes to improve before his senior season.
“I play with good speed. I have a high motor. Playing linebacker it helps you read plays. I have long arms. After a few games at defensive end I learned how to play the position. You have to get on the tackle quick," he said.
“I am trying to gain weight and get stronger in the weight room. I need to get ready for SEC offensive lineman. I would like to get up to 230-240-pounds by the season."
Burrow was not hesitant to talk of his commitment and why other schools had not come forward with an offer.
“I had received interest and invitations [from other schools]. Not a lot of people have seen me. They have only seen my tape. Louisville, Auburn, Alabama and Georgia Tech all wanted me to come to camp," he said.
“We decided that I am not going to visit any other schools. I am committed to Vanderbilt. I am thinking about going back up there for another camp in June for their next senior camp. I want to work with the defensive line coach, but I don’t know yet.”
Burrow recorded 138 tackles during his junior campaign including 13 tackles for loss, nine sacks and one interception. He was named Class 5A honorable mention All-State.