The long wait is over. After the Texas Longhorns went nearly two months since the last commitment in the 2013 class, the drought finally ended on Friday, when Bastrop cornerback Antwuan Davis pledged to the Longhorns during a visit to the facilities ($), according to sources that spoke with ESPN HornsNation analyst William Wilkerson and then confirmed later by the other services.
Davis is the 14th commitment in the class, but the first defensive back to join the fold. Other outstanding offers at the position include Florida safety Marcell Haris, Georgia safety Vonn Bell, Livinginston athlete Chevoski Collins, and Sugarland Dulles defensive back Maurice Smith. The commitment from Davis could help Texas with Smith, as the two are friends, but the current plan for Smith is to announce at the UA game in January and it would be a minor shock for the 'Horns to still have room for him at that point.
Variously rated as a three- or four-star prospect, Davis' recruitment was a little bit slow picking up steam due to a back injury that sidelined him late during his junior season, but a full return to health this spring has helped it pick up. At the time of his pledge, Davis held 16 offers, including invitations to play at Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Notre Dame, Michigan, and both of the Oklahoma schools.
A track star who has run a 10.36 100m in the past, Davis is a physical cornerback with an ideal frame for the position at around 5-11 and 180 pounds. He has the strength to come up in run support or jam receivers at the line of scrimmage and is fast enough to recover if he happens to miss that jam. He's known as a bit raw with his technique, but that's something that position coach Duane Akina can easily iron out when Davis gets on campus.
Here's the scouting report after watching Davis at RedBull Gamebreakers last summer:
The Del Valle transfer looked like the definition of a lockdown corner, showing why he created some serious buzz following a strong performance against mostly 2012 competition at the June 5th Texas camp. On the hoof, Davis impresses with a sturdy 5-11 frame that still has room for growth -- by the time he leaves college, Davis could easily tip the scales at close to 200 pounds without losing the top-end speed and short-area burst that makes him a top prospect.
Like Austin High, Bastrop was bounced from the tournament after only two games, but it was plenty of time for Davis to impress on the field. During a game and a half of viewing, opposing quarterbacks didn't even target his side of the field. Showing his strength and ability to re-direct receivers at the line of scrimmage, Davis also showed fluid hips and the ability to turn and run, as well as burst on tap at all times to stick in a receiver's hip pocket.
During the first game against LBJ, the Bastrop cornerback on the opposite of the field gave up two long touchdown passes. After Davis moved over, the LBJ receiver was quiet for the rest of the game. Lock. Down.
There was one concern with Davis, however, as the big corner sometimes didn't use his strength to his advantage in press coverage, failing to get his hands on the receiver and leaving him with some ground to make up coming off the ball. Fortunately, his speed can make up for some poor technique and as he receives more coaching and improves his technique, that concern should fade.
Antwuan Davis (junior highlights) (via 247SportsStudio)