The Texas Longhorns could finally have the first addition to the 2015 wide receiver class in six days with the news that Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln wide receiver John Burt will announce on July 27:
UPDATE: 4-star WR John Burt (@burticus21) will announce on Sunday at 3 p.m. Finalists are #Canes, #Longhorns, #Noles and #WDE. More soon.— Adam Krohn (@AKRivals) July 24, 2014
When SB Nation Recruiting spoke with the 6'3, 180-pound receiver at The Opening, he said that his top three was Texas, Auburn, and Florida State, in that order, with the Horns as his leader. At the time, he didn't rule out committing on a July visit to Austin.
As a result of that recent statement and the lack of a visit to Miami in the weeks since The Opening, it's highly unlikely that the Hurricanes will end up as his pick. And Burt said that Florida State hasn't been recruiting him particularly hard of late and that he was more of a Longhorns fan growing up than a Seminoles fan.
There have been three picks for Auburn in the 247Sports Crystal Ball for Burt in the last two weeks after a stretch from early April to early July that featured a surge for Texas to even with Florida State, a school it seems clear he's not going to choose.
Burt visited Auburn in June and was scheduled to spend a week or so in Austin visiting family. It's not clear whether that trip will still take place or whether it has been cancelled. Since Burt did make it sound like more of a family trip than a specific visit to the campus, it may not be as bad of a sign if it was cancelled as it could be if it was merely to visit the school.
With the probability that junior Kendall Sanders and redshirt freshman Montrel Meander have put on a Texas uniform for the last time, the Horns may have to consider taking three or four wide receivers in the 2015 class instead of the expected number of two.
Having already missed on targets like A&M commits Damarkus Lodge and Kemah Siverand and with a paucity of in-state offers out, losing out on a prospect like Burt who has had the Horns in front and and has deep connections to the city and university because of his family would be a significant blow.