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Texas WR commit John Burt taking official visit to Auburn

Can the Horns hold onto their top-rated commit?

Texas commit John Burt at a Nike event in 2014
Texas commit John Burt at a Nike event in 2014
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The Texas Longhorns are once again in danger of losing a recruit to the Auburn Tigers, as Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln wide receiver John Burt will trip to Alabama for an official visit, according to Rivals.

Burt will watch as Auburn takes on LSU this weekend.

In the 2014 class, defensive back John Bonney took an official visit to Auburn late in the cycle, but ultimately decided to sign with Texas after a sleepless night of reflection.

The Tigers could provide some serious competition for the Longhorns after finishing as the runner-up to Texas when Burt pledged in late July. He has taken four other visits to that campus and recently watched two Florida State games, too, though the Seminoles haven't seriously pursued the consensus four-star prospect for some time.

Losing Burt would represent an even more significant blow to the 2015 recruiting class for Texas than losing Bonney would have meant to the previous group -- the 6'3, 180-pound pass-catcher is the highest-rated prospect in the class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

And wide receiver is a major position of need for Texas because the Horns lost Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander after both were dismissed in late July because of pending sexual assault charges against them. So far, Burt is the only wide receiver commit in the class in a cycle where there are few other legitimate options for the Horns in state at this time.

The good news is that the Texas quarterback position is relatively stable with the emergence of sophomore Tyrone Swoopes as a legitimate long-term option and Burt has deep family ties to Austin and the University of Texas.

On the flip side, the trajectory of the Auburn program is much more positive at this time and there is significant appeal to playing in the offense run by head coach Gus Malzahn and in the SEC.

The connection that Burt has to Texas goes much deeper than merely an affinity for a coaching staff or an offense or a conference, though, so the Horns should be considered the favorites to end up with Burt's signature next February, but it seems that it will take some more recruiting of Burt by the staff to ensure that happens.

Perhaps accompanied by a little sweating along the way.