Just because it's like that right now, the Texas Longhorns appear to have an increasingly strong chance to land Miami (Fla.) Booker T Washington standouts Devonaire Clarington, a consensus four-star tight end, and Davante Davis, a consensus four-star cornerback.
Davis, a 6'3, 200-pounder who fits head coach Charlie Strong's preferred mold of tall cornerbacks, admitted to Scout several weeks ago that Texas and Florida State are his co-leaders. An in-home visit from defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn then followed on December 10, a meeting that Davis described as "great" on Twitter.
The nation's No. 26 cornerback also responded to the commitment tweet from fellow Florida prospect Cecil Cherry, who visited for the West Virginia game along with Davis and Clarington.
On Friday afternoon, he sent out the following tweet:
Apparently he heard about Malikmas.
There hasn't been any movement for Texas in the 247Sports Crystal Ball with Davis, as there are some moving parts with his recruitment as it pertains to Florida State -- the Seminoles may be waiting for decisions from other targets before going all in with Davis. One of those prospects is Texas target Kris Boyd, who will now announce his commitment on Christmas.
What could help the Horns land Davis is what happens with Clarington, who seems increasingly high on Texas.
It's not all Malikmentum, as the first pick for Texas in Clarington's Crystal Ball came in on December 17, with seven more following. The Horns haven't quite closed the gap on the Hurricanes, but it does seem like reasonable evidence that head coach Al Golden and Miami are slipping with the local prospect.
Both players would fill major needs for the class, as the Horns don't currently have any pure cornerback prospects and don't have a pure tight end committed, either, though DeAndre McNeal may well grow into an H-back type.
At 222 lanky pounds, Clarington doesn't project as a difference-maker any time early in his college career as a blocker, but he does have the athleticism to threaten the seam vertically and could combine with McNeal to make it extremely difficult for opposing defenses.
And, hey, after everything else that has happened Friday, nothing really seems impossible for the Longhorns in recruiting at this point.