With all of the hoopla surrounding National Signing Day, let’s take a breath and acknowledge a key member of the 2013 Longhorn class who signed his Letter of Intent over a month ago. Deoundrei Davis, a 6’3”, 215-pound linebacker out of Cypress, is already on campus and participating in offseason workouts in Austin. Rivals.com ranks Davis as the No. 91 player in the country and No. 5 among outside linebackers.
A highly sought after prospect throughout the Big 12 region (view his highlight reel here), Davis considered the likes of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Texas A&M before ultimately choosing Mack Brown and the University of Texas. Longhorns Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz and Defensive Ends coach Oscar Giles teamed up on the recruitment to secure Davis’ signature.
After being officially offered a scholarship on the eve of UT’s second junior day late last February, Davis—a lifelong Texas fan—took less than 24 hours to verbally commit to the Horns.
Along with Naashon Hughes, Davis joins a Longhorn linebacker corps that is deep but undistinguished. Jordan Hicks returns as the unquestioned leader after missing nearly all of 2012 because of injury (as well as an unfortunate off-the-field incident the night before the Valero Alamo Bowl). Flanking him is an intriguing assortment of young talent, including Steve Edmond, Peter Jinkens, Tevin Jackson and Dalton Santos. While this group flashed down the stretch last year, their missed assignments and inconsistencies in minding the gaps were at the heart of the Horns’ defensive struggles for the balance of the season, meaning nobody (outside of a healthy Hicks) is assured a spot heading into 2013. All freshmen must first prove themselves on special teams, but if Davis can do that, the door is open for him to crack the two-deep.
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