When Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln head coach Yusuf Shakir shows college coaches the film of Class of 2015 prospect John Burt, he waits to see how long it takes for their jaws to drop.
“It doesn’t take too long,” Shakir joked. “Every coach that’s come through here and seen the film offered him right away. He’s a phenomenal athlete.”
Those offers include ones from Ohio State, Florida State, Ole Miss, South Carolina and a few others. Shakir says he could go down as one of the best prospects in school history. That’s saying a lot, considering Lincoln is the former home of first-round NFL draft choices Kevin Carter and Antonio Cromartie.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound sophomore has a dozen catches on the season but with ESPN 300 prospect Reggie Davis at one receiving spot and four-star prospect Taj Williams at the other, Burt has found his early home on special teams.
“He’s blocked three kicks so far and he’s returned a kickoff for a touchdown,” Shakir says. “He’s doing the little things as well. He’s a great competitor and he knows that right now it’s Reggie and Taj’s time, but he works hard to put himself in position to make big plays.”
Shakir said next year Burt is likely to be the team’s starting quarterback, although he is expected to be recruited as a wide receiver.
“I feel comfortable placing the ball in his hands next year because he’s a special talent,” Shakir added. “He’s a ‘no sir, yes sir’ type of young man. He plays basketball, baseball and runs track as well. Everyone loves him. He’s a natural leader.”
Speaking of Williams, Shakir says the 6-foot-3, 165-pound senior still has Florida State and South Carolina in his top group, but Washington State has made a huge push as of late.
“Washington State has really keyed in on Taj and he is starting to see what kind of opportunities there are in Mike Leach’s offense,” Shakir added. “I’m not sure about the distance or anything but I anticipate he’ll take some officials after the season and see what happens.”
Lincoln faces off with Oviedo (Fla.) on Friday in the third round of the Class 7A playoffs.