A big name that could be added to the 2020 Texas football recruiting class is the 3-Star Ole Miss OLB commit Jaqwondis Burns.
A rough stretch for the 2020 Texas football recruiting class over the past month or so could be coming to an end. There’s a crucial stretch of weeks upcoming for the 2020 recruiting class for head Texas football coach Tom Herman, and he’s going full boar at grabbing a solid group together before the Early Signing Period arrives next month.
A handful of decommitments from the 2020 recruiting class for the Texas Longhorns football program slowed the momentum Herman built up around the end of the offseason. The late summer months really saw the Longhorns take off to new heights on the recruiting trail. But that slowed way down at the outset of the 2019 regular season.
Moreover, one key recruit that the Longhorns hosted during their win over the previously No. 16 ranked Kansas State Wildcats (College Football Playoff rankings) was three-star IMG Academy linebacker and Ole Miss Rebels commit Jaqwondis Burns.
Considering how thin Texas is looking at linebacker of late, adding more and more depth at the position in the 2020 signing class wouldn’t be the worst thing. And Burns brings a unique combination of speed and pursuit to the table that the Longhorns don’t really have committed in their 2020 recruiting class currently.
Moreover, Burns might not be the only three-star 2020 high school prospect currently committed to an SEC program that the Longhorns will try to flip. The Ole Miss commit Burns could go along with three-star Arkansas Razorbacks athlete commit Kelvontay Dixon among the two most sought after prospects that Herman and the Longhorns will try to flip in the next month.
Since Arkansas let go of former head coach Chad Morris last weekend after the Razorbacks embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, the patience finally ran out and he was let go. That coaching departure could open the door for the Longhorns to swoop in on the younger brother of sophomore running back Keaontay Ingram.
Yet, the bigger topic of conversation after the weekend was the fact that Texas hosted Burns on campus for a visit for the win over Kansas State on Nov. 9. That came slightly over a month after the Longhorns offered Burns, on Oct. 3. He also received an offer from the Virginia Cavaliers since then.
The most recent commitment in the 2020 recruiting class for the Longhorns, three-star athlete Dajon Harrison, also quoted Burns’ tweet on Nov. 10 urging him to move on his interest to Texas. Burns retweeted that, which isn’t a bad look by any means.
Burns ranks as the nation’s No. 586 2020 high school prospect and the No. 36 outside linebacker. The Bradenton, FL, native could see his stock rise with the added interest coming from schools like Texas and the Tennessee Volunteers of late. Obviously those coaching staffs of blue blood football programs see something in this 6-foot-2 and 205 pound linebacker that others didn’t before.
The news cycle on the recruiting trail will really start to pick up as we move down the stretch run of the 2019 regular season and as we move closer to the start of the Early Signing Period. Adding Burns to this signing class would be a nice addition from close SEC program.