John Burt, one of the top high school wide receivers in the country, has committed to the Texas Longhorns. Burt has chosen Texas over the Florida State Seminoles, Auburn Tigers and Miami Hurricanes.
Burt is a four-star recruit who is ranked as the No. 13 receiver nationally. He stands 6-foot-3 and weighs in at 208 pounds. The Tallahassee Lincoln star becomes the first 2015 wide receiver to commit to Texas.
This is a bit of a surprise considering the hometown Seminoles offer an attractive option. While Texas has questions at quarterback, Florida State has Jameis Winston. Winston has mentioned he wants to stay in school two more years. This would mean Burt could be catching passes from the reigning Heisman trophy winner in the 2015 season. Still, the Longhorns look more attractive to Burt.
Maybe it is Texas connection. Burt’s grandmother and an aunt live in Austin. It was this connection that helped Texas stay in the race for Burt. He made a visit to the Texas campus earlier this year, and planned a return trip this summer.
This announcement comes at a time when the Texas roster is in upheaval. Six players were either suspended or dismissed from the program in a 24-hour period. More dismissals could come early next week. Among those removed from the roster are wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander. Although Texas had a pretty decent 2014 receiver class, Burt would seemingly have a good chance of seeing playing time next year. Jaxon Shipley and John Harris will graduate, leaving only Marcus Johnson and quite possibly Jacorey Warrick as the most experienced wideouts.
Longhorn fans should not celebrate too soon. It is not uncommon for recruits to flip their commitments before National Signing Day in February. This is not a done deal by any stretch. It is, however, a good sign for a program that is starting over under Charlie Strong.