All-State OT Buck Burnette Commits To Texas

OT Buck Burnette, an Associated Press first-team 3A selection from Wimberley, verbally committed to Texas over the weekend, Burnette told Inside Texas.

The 6-3, 310-pounder gave head coach Mach Brown his verbal during the school’s annual Junior Days this past Saturday. And growing up just 45 minutes southwest of Austin, Burnette has been weaned on Longhorn football.

"It’s a legendary program," Burnette said. "It’s a nationally recognized football team. When you have a very successful program, people grow up always wanting to play for the team."

Part of what sold Burnette on Texas is that "they are real selective about who they sign and who they recruit, in general."

Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis and OL coach Mac McWhorter recruited Burnette and attended one of his workout sessions just a couple of weeks ago. He was one of approximately 30 prospects visiting the football facilities on February 12 for Junior Days. There, attendees met coaches, academic advisors, a few of the players and attended the Texas basketball game against Kansas State.

Burnette also met QB Vince Young for the first time, adding, "I was surprised because he looked right over the top of my head. I didn’t realize he was that tall (6-5)."

Afterwards, Texas coaches "pulled my family and me aside and talked about (committing). I committed right after they offered."

Burnette is the first prep star of the 2006 recruiting class to give Brown his verbal. And he promises Longhorn fans he intends to honor his commitment.

"You can count on it," he said. "I can see myself fitting in with that program very easily."

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