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Family influence helps UT with Burt

Lewis has UT in the mix

Wooten ready for spring game

Martin names new favorite

Family influence helps UT with Burt

It can't hurt having grandma on your side.

When it comes to Texas' pursuit of four-star wide receiver John Burt (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln), that's exactly what it has.

Burt's grandmother recently retired from being the Dean of Social Works at UT. Not only that but he's got an aunt in undergraduate administration and an uncle that works at Texas too.

Not a bad little recruiting trio, huh?

Because of his family's ties with the University, Burt's recent trip to Austin for Texas' junior day was old hat. The only thing new this time around was meeting a new coaching staff, which he probably could have led on a campus tour himself.

"I've seen [the campus] so many times it was just another day really," said Burt, the No. 16 WR in the country. "I've been around Texas ever since I was little. I have family that still works there. Ever since I've been born I've been around Texas."

Just because you frequent a place doesn't necessarily mean you like it. But that's not the case with Burt, who sees become a Longhorn as a realistic possibility.

"They are really in the mix," he said. "It is kind of getting toward the middle of recruiting, coming toward the end. So I have really been thinking of the schools that I could attend, and they are one of them.

"I feel like I'm at home there. I'm real comfortable being there. I don't think I'd have too much trouble adjusting there compared to if I went somewhere else out of state. It would feel like Florida and Florida State to me. I wouldn't need that much time to adjust."

It's going to take some work to get him out of his neck of the woods. In addition to Texas, Burt has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, South Carolina, UCLA, USC, and West Virginia.

Even though he's got plenty of in state offers to choose from, and even some premiere SEC ones from his region, Burt really sees Texas as a legitimate threat.

"They really have everything I'm looking for," he said. "It's just about taking my time and making the best decision possible."

The Longhorns have let Burt know that he's a top priority. He tweets with defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn and Charlie Strong a couple times a week.

And what do they say about the 6-foot-4, 170-pound Burt that they like so much?

"They say pretty often that they like that I have good size and speed. I think those are the two main things that coaches say they like," he said. "They say besides the athletic standpoint, they like my personality and the way I carry myself. They say I have good character and that I'm the type of guy they want around their locker room."

Burt, who visited Florida State's spring game over the weekend, will try to make it to Texas' spring game on April 19. But it all depends on his father's schedule.

Here's some video of Burt.


Lewis has UT in the mix

One of the eight cornerbacks that Texas has offered in 2015, and the only one from outside of the state's borders, is four-star cornerback Xavier Lewis (Reserve, La./East Saint John).

In addition to Texas, Lewis (6-foot, 180 pounds) has offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Louisiana-Lafayette, LSU, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Tulane, UCLA, and Washington State.

Lewis lists LSU, Oklahoma State, Texas, Baylor, Georgia, Clemson, and Texas A&M as the schools he is hearing from the most.

As for Texas, Lewis said he and defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn speak regularly and that Vaughn is trying to sell him on the fact that UT will be losing several defensive backs over the next few seasons.

"He tells me that they are losing three senior cornerbacks and said that he needs me to come in and try to fill a roll," he said. "He said I would have playing time."

Lewis also talks to UT head coach Charlie Strong periodically. The two got to meet each other face-to-face at Texas' first junior day on Feb. 22.

"He was a really cool guy," Lewis said. "He was very enthusiastic about his new job."

The relationships he's built with the Longhorns' staff have Texas lingering around his top five.

"I have three schools in the top five but I'm not sure who the last two will be," he said. "But Texas is up there. Three schools I have are LSU, Florida and Texas A&M."

It's going to be tough for teams to beat out the Tigers, whose head coach has made big strides with Lewis.

"Coach [Les] Miles, we are really working on our relationship," he said. "Every time I go over there we have 1-on-1 time and he takes me to his favorite view of the stadium."

What's it going to take for Lewis to leave his backyard and venture elsewhere?

"A home away from home," he said. "My mom is real big on academics so that will play a big part. I also want an opportunity to play early. I don't want early playing time, but an opportunity to win playing time.

"If I feel at home and feel like there's a better situation than there is at LSU, then I'll do what I have to do." (Wilkerson)

Wooten ready for spring game

2016 Marble Falls quarterback Brennen Wooten is among Texas's top targets at his position for his class. And while the Longhorns are still a ways away from offering a signal caller in 2016, they've already been able to impress Wooten with their practice habits.

"I went to a Texas practice once this spring," Wooten said. "It was a great experience. It's a totally new atmosphere. They're really coaching those guys up. It looks like it's going well."

When Wooten attended practice, he made sure to "hang out with the quarterbacks" and watched the way assistant head coach Shawn Watson coached the position.

"I wanted to see all the drills and see how Coach Watson coaches them," Wooten said. "When I go to a practice, that's what I want to do. I want to get to know who my coach is so I can make the best decision possible. Then, I watched Coach Strong."

So what were Wooten's takeaways?

"He's really calm," Wooten said. "He corrects them, but does so in a calm way. All the drills they do are really good. It definitely seems to me like he's a great quarterbacks coach."

It doesn't hurt Texas's chances with Wooten that he sees a lot of similarities between the offense he captains at Marble Falls and what the Longhorns are running.

"That was one thing I talked to Coach Watson about, that a lot of our plays are the same," Wooten said. "I was noticing some of those plays at practice. I may not know what they're saying yet (in terminology), but I know what those plays would be in my offense."

Wooten wasn't able to stay after that practice, but he said he did talk to Watson during warmups, and Texas's message to him has been consistent.

"Basically, they've told me they like me a lot," Wooten said. "They're going to try and get a 2015 commit, and after that, they're going to move on to evaluate my class more. But right now, they want me to come up to a quarterback camp. They have a lot of evaluation to do in my class."

But evaluation on Wooten has been easy. While many other 2016 quarterbacks are just starting to break into their starting lineups, Wooten has a full season on film, one where he threw for 3,116 yards and 30 touchdowns to seven interceptions. And it didn't hurt that he was the quarterback on Texas signee Garrett Gray's tape.

"I definitely think that me having varsity tape helps, especially playing in the district I play in, which is one of the toughest districts in the state," Wooten said. "They can see what I do really early in this stage in recruiting.

"They've said that they like my footwork, and they like that I have growth potential," Wooten said. "The staff said they liked my mechanics, thought they were fluid. They're just waiting to see the 2015s before they get to me and my class."

While Wooten has only made it to one practice this spring, he might make it to two more before the spring is over. Wooten said he's planning to attend the Orange-White game, and he may even make it up to an additional practice earlier this week. After that, it probably won't be long before Texas sees him again, during the spring evaluation period, and Wooten said he was looking forward to the Longhorns' quarterbacks camp this summer.

"Right now, that camp is on my calendar," Wooten said. "I'll probably make it out to that." (Flaherty).

Martin names new favorite

Four-star 2016 running back Kameron Martin (Port Arthur, Texas/Memorial) is still waiting on a Longhorns offer. In the meantime, he'd like to anoint a new top school.

"New top school is Florida State," he said. "Just going there and getting an education and getting a national championship. It's the same thing that Texas has preached to me but Texas just didn't offer."

The Seminoles are showing Martin the type of attention he's seeking right now.

"I talk to FSU every week," Martin said. "I talk to tight ends coach Tim Brewster. "Oh my God, he is so cool. He hits me up every day on Twitter saying, ‘Come be a Nole baby. Why not come be a champion.'"

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is preaching similar sentiments.

"Jimbo Fisher really likes me," he said. "He thinks I'm a hell of an athlete."

After the Seminoles, Martin said Florida and Ohio State are the two teams he is feeling at the moment.

Texas A&M is another program Martin really likes, and it's one that he visited last week.

"They weren't talking about much," Martin said. "They said they were going to offer me next year because they have too many running backs right now.

"Everything else was good. I am just waiting on the offer. They treated me like I was a celebrity. Just still no offer."

Martin wants it known that he isn't complaining about not getting offers from certain programs right now. He's just eager.

And he's certainly not hurting for them. With Oregon State now in the mix, Martin has over 20 offers with two seasons left to play. (Wilkerson)

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