Tigers May Be Moving Up for 4-Star Receiver

Heavily-recruited wide receiver John Burt discusses his visit to Auburn and interest in the Tigers as well as the other colleges he is considering.

Tallahassee, Fla.--John Burt, a class of 2015 football prospect who has scholarship offers from across the country, toured the Auburn campus on Saturday and said the Tigers could be moving up on his favorites list.

"I think Auburn might jump Florida State when I re-evaluate," Burt said when discussing his top college choices, which included Texas at No. 1, Florida State at No. 2 and Auburn at No. 3. "I just have to think about it a little bit and analyze."

The prospect noted that he believes there will be a good opportunity to contribute early at Auburn because the coaches are telling him that their top three receivers might be leave for the NFL after the 2014 season. That group includes juniors Sammie Coates, Ricardo Louis and D'haquille Williams.

"They are kind of set at wide receiver for this year, but he (receivers coach Dameyune Craig) keeps tell me that it is opening up for me if I want to come to Auburn next year so that is what I am thinking about," the 6-4, 180-pound, four-star prospect said.

"Based on the number of choices I have got, I can't really lose wherever I go," said Burt, who has scholarship offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio State, South Carolina, Texas, UCLA, USC, West Virginia and many others.

"I am looking for a school where I am comfortable that I feel is the best fit for me," said Burt, who noted that he hasn't decided on when he is going to make his pick. "I don't have a timetable. I will do it when I am really comfortable. I am deciding whether I need official (visits) or not."

Commenting on his interest in the Texas Longhorns, he said, "At this point that is the school I am most familiar with. I have been talking with the coaches a lot and I am familiar with the area. I have got family out there so I have been going out there since I was little."

John Burt

Talking about the Saturday he spent in Auburn with family members and the AU coaches, Burt said, "I came up to Auburn to get more familiar with everything. It was my third time on campus. The trip let me get more familiar with Coach Craig and Coach (Gus) Malzahn, the facilties and all of that."

Craig is the Auburn coach who recruits in the Tallahassee area. "He is a really cool guy," Burt said. "He is all about business, but he is really fun, too. He is kind of a laid-back guy, but he knows what he is talking about.

"He has played quarterback and receiver so he knows the relationship between the quarterbacks and receivers more than most people," Burt said. "He can speak to me as a receiver, but also tell me what a quarterback is thinking as well so that gives me more to think about in running routes to make it easier for the quarterback to get the ball to me."

Developing as a player is his summer goal, said Burke, who plans to travel to Oregon this summer to compete against top prospects from around the country at the The Opening camp. "I am just focused on improving to get better for my senior season," he said.

According to Lincoln High Yusuf Shakir, the team that signs the rising senior will be getting a prospect who has the "top end speed" and "phenomenal hands" that college coaches covet.

On Saturday the prospect got plenty of one-on-one time with Craig and Malzahn. "I came to Auburn for an unofficial visit a couple of months and I came for the Iron Bowl, which was a really good game to go to," he noted.

Burt said he ran on the field for the postseason celebration of Auburn's win over Alabama at Jordan-Hare Stadium following a 109-yard field goal return by Chris Davis on the final play of the game as time expired

"I saw him (Davis) run the kick back and I said, ‘I am getting in on this.' I hopped the fence and ran down there with everybody else. I was getting into the celebration and it was really cool. Everybody dreams of being at that one big game with that one big play when everybody runs on the field."

Another player from Tallahassee being recruited by the Tigers, D'Anfernee McGriff, has committed to the Tigers and Burt noted that McCriff is trying to get him to be a part of the 2015 Auburn signing class.

"He is a really good guy, he is a really big guy and I think they got a really good player," Burt said of McGriff, who he noted plays for Leon High, one of Lincoln's rivals. "I think we are on pretty good terms, but he is doing his thing and I am doing mine."


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