Juan Davis, TE
The tight end room is going to be a very similar situation to what is happening to the wide receiver room heading into the 2023 offseason.
Texas is bringing in a lot of new talent by way of the portal and the recruiting trail at the tight end position of late. And that trend is likely only going to continue, especially if Texas is able to win the race to land a commitment from the elite five-star Pinnacle (AZ) tight end Duce Robinson in the 2023 class.
Moreover, Jeff Banks and the Longhorns have already secured commitments from two tight ends in the 2023 class. Landing Robinson would bring that tally up to three.
And in an already crowded tight end room that is likely to return the top two guys next year in sophomore Ja’Tavion Sanders and sophomore Gunnar Helm, playing time could be hard to find in the near future for the other guys deeper down the depth chart at the position.
That’s where I think a tight end that still could bring some real value to the table such as sophomore Juan Davis might look for a change of scenery in 2023. Davis made some headway in the tight end room in the last couple of years, but he wasn’t ever able to find his way onto the field in live-game action on a consistent basis.
Despite taking more than 50 offensive snaps for the Longhorns in the last two seasons, Davis wasn’t targeted more than once. And that lone reception last season didn’t go for any yards. He did get reps in eight games in the last two years, giving Davis three years of eligibility remaining after this season.
The 6-foot-4 and 220-pound Davis has good hands and is a good blocker. He could make some valuable contributions elsewhere at a Power Five program that needs more depth at tight end or with a solid Group of Five team that is ready to compete as soon as next season.