OT Buck Burnette, an Associated Press first-team 3A selection from Wimberley, verbally committed to…
Buck Burnette: 'It's an open and shut case'
The University of Texas Football Program received its first commitment for the Class of 2006 on February 14, 2005. Wimberley HS OL Buck Burnette made a pledge to the Longhorn Program and from the looks of things, he shows no signs of turning back. "I'm firm on my commitment to Texas," he told IT. "There is absolutely nothing that can change my mind, Texas has been faithful to me and I will remain faithful to Texas." Burnette (6-3, 305, 5.7) committed to the Texas Program back at the first UT Junior Day. "Coach Brown called me into his office and we discussed recruiting, football, and academics. He told me that they wanted to extend an offer to me and said that they didn't want to rush me in the recruiting process, but that I had an offer waiting from the Longhorns. We both stood up to shake hands and I told him that I'd just (prefer to) commit right now. I want to be a Longhorn." The All-State OL was recruited very hard by Texas Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis and Offensive Line Coach Mac McWhorter. "Coach Davis is my area recruiter and Coach McWhorter is my position recruiter. I talked to Coach McWhorter the most, but both of them showed a lot of interest in me and I really liked that." Since he has committed to Texas, Burnette has picked up one more offer. "LSU has extended an offer to me since I committed to Texas. I actually never have really even looked at the letter they sent me. That is how firm I am to Texas." Buck can't wait to get to the Forty Acres and start working on his football skills. "I can't wait to get going in Austin," he said. "I love football and I can't wait to start practice and start giving 100% toward earning a starting spot on the team." Burnette has an attitude that the UT Coaching Staff and any Longhorn fan will love. "I simply work hard," he said. "I take pride in my work ethic and I'm goal oriented. I thrive on competition." Some prospects who commit to a certain school still decide to take official visits elsewhere, but that isn't the case with Buck Burnette. "Texas will be my only official visit," he said. "I don't want other schools to think that my recruitment is open because it's an open and shut case. Nothing will change my mind." Buck shared his thoughts on what he felt when he received that elusive offer from Texas. "I felt so blessed," he said. "I was thankful to everyone that has helped me achieve this goal and I'm thankful to God. My ultimate goal was to receive a D-I Scholarship and having received one from Texas was just icing on the cake. The feeling didn't really sink in until, well now that I think about it, it still hasn't sunk in." Texas fans will enjoy Burnette's hard-nosed football mentality. "I can't wait to step on the field in Dallas against Oklahoma," he said. "That game is just an example of all the tradition and pageantry of college football and I can't wait to be a part of that." Last season, Burnette racked up 76 pancakes. He is also currently a member of the Scout.com Texas Hot 100 and the Scout.com Southwest Hot 100. Some believe that he could be the best center/guard prospect in the State of Texas. Burnette currently carries a GPA of 2.95 and will take the SAT and ACT this month.
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