More good news dropped for the 2021 Texas football recruiting class on March 23, when 4-Star CB Jaylin Davies put them in his top 7.
The finalist schools for a number of key targets of the 2021 Texas football recruiting class dropped entering a down week in the news cycle. And maybe the best prospect that Texas was able to stay in the running back that was dropped in the last week was four-star Mater Dei cornerback Jaylin Davies. The Santa Ana, CA, native Davies has attention coming from all over the country at this point.
Head coach Tom Herman and the Texas Longhorns football program shouldn’t let Davies out of their sights. He included the Longhorns amid his top seven finalist schools, which he dropped on his Twitter timeline on March 23. This is a big win for Texas on the recruiting trail, especially if they can make a late run at landing the commitment from Davies.
The other six finalist schools that Davies included in his latest round of cuts earlier this week were the Ohio State Buckeyes, Washington Huskies, USC Trojans, Arizona State Sun Devils, Alabama Crimson Tide, and UCLA Bruins. Texas is the lone Big 12 school that was included in this round of finalist cuts for Davies.
The two 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions in for Davis were split. One was cloudy and the other went to head coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. Although, the Rivals FutureCast actually favors newly promoted head coach Jimmy Lake and the Huskies by a wide margin.
Moreover, Davies ranks as the nation’s No. 111 2021 high school prospect and the No. 11 cornerback. He also ranks as the No. 12 prospect out of California.
This 6-foot and 165 pound defensive back is a really nice fit with recently hired Texas defensive coordinator Chris Ash, who wants lengthier and more aggressive corners playing on the outside. Texas also definitely needs to add more cornerback depth in their 2021 recruiting class.
There’s more than 20 schools that sent a scholarship offer to Davies. The most significant of those that he cut included the Auburn Tigers, Florida State Seminoles, Michigan Wolverines, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Oregon Ducks, and Utah Utes. It’s nice that Texas is sticking around to beat out so many good PAC-12 programs too.
Texas looks to be facing an uphill battle to land the commitment of Davies. But the fact that they still remain in contention is big. Since they’re the sole Big 12 program in the running to land Davies still, that could give them a clear niche and leg up in the end.