The Longhorns got the quarterback they wanted (Zach Gentry), have four valued offensive linemen, including the state’s top tackle in Toby Weathersby, three running backs and now a top-flight wide receiver in four-star John Burt (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln).
The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Burt announced his decision via a press conference on Sunday afternoon, choosing the Longhorns over Florida State and Auburn. But spoke to HD about it prior to his announcement.
"I have been waiting for this day ever since the process started, so it's nice to get it out of the way."
"I am excited about it," said Burt, the No. 13 WR and No. 125 player overall. "I have been waiting for this day ever since the process started, so it's nice to get it out of the way. It's a good feeling right now. We just looked at a little bit of everything like the atmosphere, city life, education and relationship with the coaches."
Burt informed Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong of his decision on Saturday.
"He was real excited to hear the news," Burt said. "He had great things to say and he told me he was really looking forward to seeing me in a few days. Since the beginning, when we started talking I could tell he was laid back but he knows when to change from a buddy to a coach. He has that on off switch and knows how to use it. We have a good relationship so far and have throughout the recruiting process."
Four-star UT commitment John Burt.
One of the main reasons Burt chose the Longhorns was his level of comfort with Texas.
He might be from Florida but Austin has been like a second home to him for a long time as his 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.
The idea of being a part of Strong’s first recruiting class at UT made this decision that much more special.
"It gives me a sense of pride because the school is rich with tradition," Burt said. "Being one of the first recruits in a class recruited by Coach Strong is a great honor. Being one of the first kids in his first class carries a great sense of pride. It's like being on my first middle school team when the program started. I was in the second class, but part of the first class to go through three years at that school. It just gives you a greater sense of pride to be one of the first to accomplish those things."
And he vows to uphold those core values that Strong demands of his players.
"I am going to act how people expect Texas players to act."
"I am going to work as hard as I can," Burt said. "Coach Strong says put the ‘T’ back in Texas, and I am going to work as hard as I can every day and set a good example. I am going to act how people expect Texas players to act."Scout.com take:
Burt is tall, long and runs extremely well. He makes a lot of big plays and is a deep threat that has the speed to take the ball to the end zone anytime he catches it. Burt gets to full speed quickly and climbs quickly on cornerbacks in zone-off coverage. He has good hands and adjusts to the ball well. He creates mismatches versus man coverage because of his size, speed and athleticism especially in the red zone. Burt is also a dangerous return man.
With Burt a Longhorn you can expect to see the Texas coaching staff go all in with Texas wide out Ryan Newsome. Texas has numbers at the position and is strictly looking for quality at this point. A wide receiver class of Burt and Newsome would be about all any Texas fan could ask for.