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Four-star WR John Burt to announce commitment on July 30
Will the tall receiver choose the Horns?
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 30.
4-star WR John Burt (@burticus21) will announce his school 7/30/14. Finalists are #Canes, #Longhorns, #Noles and #WDE. Update coming 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.
ESPN officially announces addition of Mack Brown as college football analyst
The job description for the former Texas head football coach is now clear.
In an announcement that has been in the works for weeks, ESPN officially announced the addition of former Texas Longhorns head football coach Mack Brown as an in-studio analyst.
The following tweet accompanied the announcement:
I am excited to join ESPN/ABC this fall to share my passion for CFB with the fans. I look forward to giving a look "behind the scenes"
— Mack Brown (@UT_MackBrown) July 24, 2014
Brown will also provide analysis on Sportscenter and College Football live in addition to contributing to ESPN.com and ESPN Radio.
However, the main focus will be his work on Saturdays for College Football Countdown on ABC with host John Saunders and Danny Kanell, who is joining the ABC studio for the first time this year. Brown will also provide pre-game, halftime, and post-game commentary for every game on ABC, a portfolio that includes the marquee Saturday night match up.
Beyond the tweet above, Brown also released a statement through ESPN:
I'm so excited and grateful to be joining ESPN's college football coverage team. We've been talking about it for a few months, and I think it's a great opportunity to continue to be an active part of a game I love so much. People who know me know I'm a football junkie, so I'm really looking forward to watching and studying teams, sharing thoughts, and talking football with all of the passionate college football fans across the country each and every week.
The high-profile nature of the gig is indicative of how much on-air talent ESPN believes Brown possesses -- the network also announced the hire of former head coach Butch Davis in the same release on Thursday, but Davis will be working on ESPN2.
And hey, even if Brown doesn't live up to the lofty expectations that will accompany him into the role, he would have to work hard to be as bad as Lou Holtz.