John Burt, a 4-star wide receiver in the 2015 class, announced his verbal commitment to the Texas Longhorns, bolstering their already strong class.
ESPN Texas reported the commitment following the announcement:
ESPN 300 Florida WR John Burt commits to Texas. Longhorns beat out Auburn, Florida St. for 13th pledge pic.twitter.com/WtSnhbMuP9— ESPN Texas (@ESPNTexas) July 27, 2014
Burt's decision to attend Texas comes much to the chagrin of 21 other programs that were recruiting him. Those schools include Florida State, Auburn, Alabama, Florida and several other powerhouses in college football.
Prior to his commitment, Burt spoke about wanting to make sure the time was right to announce, per Chad Simmons of Scout.com:
"I am just going to commit when it is the right time," said Burt. "It could be before the season or it could be closer to signing day. I just have to feel ready -- when I do, I will just go ahead and commit."
The rising prospect finished last season with 37 receptions for 713 yards and nine touchdowns. He was invited to The Opening over the summer and excelled with a four-flat time in the 20-yard shuttle and a 36.5-inch vertical leap, per Zach Shelton of Bleacher Report.
Burt also made an impression during the event, as Keith Niebuhr of 247Sports notes, "People at The Opening were impressed by his frame (he’s 6-foot-3) and fluid routes."
He showed off his explosiveness during offseason workouts, via Derek Tyson of ESPN.com:
John Burt https://t.co/eK5ZND0b4c— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) March 16, 2014
Leading up to his commitment, Burt made it very clear that he planned to play with Texas, per Simmons:
Texas is my No. 1 school. They are recruiting me very hard and I talk to them a lot. I like the coaching staff, the facilities, and I was always a fan of Texas growing up with family working there.
I will be spending some time out there the last week of July and I am looking forward to that. Texas is a little ahead right now.
The Longhorns are getting a standout player. Burt is 6'3", 180 pounds and looks primed to be a playmaker. He's ranked as the 13th-best wide receiver prospect in the country and is rated No. 127 nationally overall in his class, per 247Sports' composite rankings. With his size and speed, Burt has a chance to make a huge impact at the next level.
Texas is a program entering a new era and looking to find resurgence. Adding players like Burt and having the No. 1 class in the Big-12 Conference shows they are on the right path.
With a class that already includes quarterback Zach Gentry along with running backs Jordan Stevenson and Tristian Houston, Texas has plenty of talent on offense. Now it's time to see what head coach Charlie Strong can do with those weapons.
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