Opponents are seeing double this year when they play Tulare Western.
Like many twins, identical twin brothers Elijah and Jordan Burrell not only look alike, but they think alike as well.
“Sometimes we think about the same music and songs,” said Elijah Burrell, the younger brother by one minute.
And when it comes to their play on the field, these two have been out of sight.
“I almost have to remind myself to say great job a lot,” said Tulare Western head coach Ryan Rocha. “I mean, it’s just expected out of them.”
Older-by-a-minute Jordan is the star on defense, a record-setting cornerback with 4.5 speed.
Jordan finished amongst the state leaders in interceptions last year as a junior, including a school-record three in one game against Lemoore.
“He doesn’t think truly high of himself,” said Rocha about Jordan. “He knows he’s a worker. He’s gonna work his tail off, and so he shows that.”
Elijah is the star on offense, a dual threat quarterback who carries himself with the confidence that comes with being a talented signalcaller.
He’s thrown for 12 touchdowns in his first three games this season, and has won over 80 percent of his games since taking over the starting job as a sophomore.
“If you were talking to him and said, ‘what’s the most important part of your life?'” said Rocha. “(He would answer) it’s studying. It’s being smarter. So, he takes that to the football field and studies film.”
With a few Mountain West offers on the table, Jordan actually has received a little more attention on the recruiting front, but a couple FCS schools want the straight “A” students as a package deal on academic scholarships, and over the summer, the brothers committed to Davidson, an FCS school in North Carolina.
When it comes to college, these two are focused on more than just football though.
“We wanna both major in biology and wanna become sports doctors,” said Elijah.
Before any of that though, they’re hoping to share a special senior season, which could see them sharing the ball a little more on offense, like they did against El Diamante in week one. Jordan gets in occasionally on offense at wide receiver, and that week, Elijah connected with him on a 72-yard touchdown, the first Burrell to Burrell score of their high school careers.
“I’m always giving him (Elijah) a hard time to throw me the ball, and he finally threw it,” said Jordan. “And I was able to make a play.
Elijah and Jordan Burrell, the Central Valley’s most exciting set of twins — a duo who continues to rack up the wins — this week’s High School Hot Shots.