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Florida CB Davante Davis names Texas, Florida State as co-leaders

So you're saying there's a chance?

Davante Davis at a Nike event
Davante Davis at a Nike event
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A visit to Austin for the West Virginia game didn't spark much immediately apparently movement for the Texas Longhorns with Homestead (Fla.) Washington cornerback Davante Davis.

However, that's changed now with the news from Scout over the weekend that Davis has named the home-state Florida State Seminoles and the Texas Longhorns as his co-leaders.

A consensus four-star prospect ranked as the No. 27 cornerback nationally, the No. 43 player in the state of Florida, and the No. 295 player overall in the 247Sports Composite rankings, Davis is a 6'3, 200-pounder with the length that Texas head coach Charlie Strong covets at the position, though Scout lists him at 6'2 and 185, a height and weight that probably fit better with a projection at cornerback.

Formerly committed to Syracuse, Davis spent less than a month committed to the Orange because his recruitment took off in the intervening time as he picked up offers from a host of national programs like Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio State.

Interestingly enough, however, the recruitment of Davis at Texas will likely be heavily influenced by the recruitment of several other Texas targets by Florida State.

The Seminoles remain in hot pursuit of higher-rated prospects like Holton Hill and Kris Boyd, both players who are high on the Longhorns' board, as well as Kendall Sheffield, a former target who hasn't seriously considered Texas in some time.

Now a state champion, Davis is ready to take his other three official visits and told Scout that he's considering visiting Florida, Georgia, and Miami, so there will be some opportunities for his top group to change. He took an unofficial visit to Miami in November and the Hurricanes may be the team with the best chance to make a major move, especially with new Florida head coach Jim McElwain still tasked with assembling his staff.

But things aren't exactly perfect at Miami, either, with the athletic director forced to give the dreaded vote of confidence to head coach Al Golden on Tuesday, raising questions about his long-term ability to remain in his position.

And the other potential factor? Davis' teammate is fellow Texas target Devonaire Clarington, the highly-rated tight end, and it's possible that landing one could help with the other.

Right now, Davis looks like the more likely of the two and package deals are discussed much more often then they actually come to fruition, but it's just one more factor to monitor.

Given the need for cornerbacks, Texas would probably be willing to take a pledge from Davis at any time. Florida State may not.

So there are some definite moving parts here, but the bottom line remains that the Longhorns are now strongly in the mix for the lanky cornerback's services.