This just in, news from Utah — San Marcos High School defensive back Terrell Burgess is headed to the University of Utah.
Burgess, a three star rated CB by Rivals.com and 247sports.com, chose Utah over Arizona, Cal and San Diego State. He said Utah coaches would start him off as defensive back, but might play him on offense as a wide receiver as well. However, Burgess previously has said he prefers defense.
While most prospects these days announce what college they’ll be attending via Twitter, Terrell Burgess of San Marcos High School in California went a step above Thursday night, going on live television to declare his decision.
— KUSI Sports (@KUSISports) January 29, 2016
With a drumroll please, Burgess reveled an Utah T-Shirt and donned a red Utah Utes cap to the cheers of a KUSI-TV studio audience.
“I decided to wait this long to make the right decision,” Burgess said. “I just felt like that was the best decision for me, It was good to feel wanted.”
Although Burgess’ primary announcement was on television, he did also post a message on Twitter with the news.
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— #⃣BURGESS5⃣© (@TiTaniumT98) January 29, 2016
Standing 6-feet tall and weighing 180 pounds, Burgess said on the live show that the plan for now will likely be to play at cornerback, with the possibility of seeing time at wide receiver down the road.
Utah’s crop of cornerbacks for the 2016 class has been quite fluid over the past few days. On Tuesday, Nygel King of Texas declared his commitment to Utah.
Then on Thursday morning, longtime commit Ohaji Hawkins of Florida decommitted, telling the Deseret News that Ute coaches informed him he’d need to either grayshirt or look elsewhere, and he chose the latter option.
With the subtraction of Hawkins and addition of Burgess, Utah now has 22 players committed for the 2016 class with National Signing Day set for next Wednesday, Feb. 3.
In other local high school football news
After a disastrous 1-10 campaign in 2015, Escondido High School, which will play its 118th football season in 2016, has hired Jud Bordman as head coach.
Bordman teaches photography at Escondido. School yearbook adviser, he heads Cougar University, the school’s before- and after-school activity program.
At Escondido High since 2008, Bordman served as the defensive coordinator for two seasons and coached the linebackers, offensive line and special teams last season.
“This is my first head coaching job, and it has been 15 years in the making,” said Bordman, 39. “I’ve always wanted to be a head coach, so this is the culmination of a lot of work and preparation.”
Bordman played one season of football at Washington State before transferring to the University of Portland, where he threw the javelin. He started his coaching career in 2000 at La Costa Canyon, working four years under Darren Brown.
After a stint with Nike’s Sparq program in Oregon, he returned to San Diego, working for Chris Hauser on the staff at Mission Hills. He moved to Escondido, working for head coaches Paul Gomes, Jason Texler and Steve Bridges.
Bridges, who is also Escondido’s athletic director and golf coach, stepped down as football coach after posting a 10-32 record in four seasons. The Cougars are 15-47-1 since their last winning season in 2009.