On Monday evening, the Texas Longhorns extended an offer to Apopka (Fla.) Wekiva weak-side defensive end/outside linebacker Rian Davis:
In 2016, the 6’3, 225-pounder was playing inside linebacker at Clear Lake in Houston before making the move to Florida. The fact that Davis is from the state and more familiar with the Longhorns program that someone who grew up in Florida should help Texas become a factor in his recruitment.
Over recent days, Davis has picked up offers Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, and Ohio State in addition to Texas. All told, the consensus three-star prospect has more than 25 offers now.
As a junior, Davis made a big impact on the Florida high school football scene, racking up 93 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, three sacks, six passes broken up, two interceptions, and two fumble recoveries (both returned for touchdowns).
The stats attest to the versatility of Davis, who was used as a linebacker and a defensive end in the Wekiva scheme — it’s extremely rare to see someone who can do both credibly. For the Longhorns, he makes the most sense as a Rover or Mac who could grow into a B-backer, rather than a pure B-back, but his ultimate position will depend on how much weight he’ll carry naturally in college.
Ranked as the No. 512 player overall, the No. 34 weak-side defensive end, and the No. 68 player in Florida, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Davis could emerge as a four-star prospect later in the cycle.