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Texas hosted Ole Miss LB commit Jaqwondis Burns for an official visit on Saturday

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The Longhorns accomplished the first key step in the program’s quest to flip Burns from the Rebels.

Jaqwondis Burns at Texas
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On Saturday, the Texas Longhorns hosted Ole Miss Rebels linebacker commit Jaqwondis Burns on an official visit roughly five weeks after extending an offer to the Texas native and Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy product:

The 6’2, 205-pounder surfaced on the Texas radar when he received an offer from the Longhorns on Oct. 2. Since Texas holds a commitment from projected B-backer Prince Dorbah, but doesn’t have any other pledges at the linebacker position, Burns quickly became a key target.

However, Burns pledged to Ole Miss in late April on an unofficial visit to Oxford 17 days after receiving his offer from the Rebels, so the first task for the Longhorns was getting Burns to campus for an official visit.

As a Texas native who was ruled ineligible after transferring from Terrell to Dallas Skyline before landing in Florida, Burns already has deep ties to the state the defensive coordinator Todd Orlando could leverage to the advantage of Texas.

So keep an eye on this recruitment, which is emerging as one of the key battles for the Horns down the stretch of the 2020 recruiting class.

Burns is a consensus three-star prospect ranked as the No. 586 player nationally and the No. 36 outside linebacker, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.