The Texas Longhorns have made their presence felt in Dallas throughout the past week-plus with two groundbreaking verbal pledges coming from Duncanville’s Ja’Quinden Jackson and Skyline wide receiver Quaydarius Davis, who provided the Horns with the first member of Tom Herman’s 2021 class.
A four-star prospect, Davis was heavily recruited by the Longhorns and their staff, but it was quality control coach Ra’Shaad Samples, a former Under Armour All-American standout at the same school Davis currently calls home, who was extremely instrumental in this recruitment.
As a 2021 recruit, Davis still has two full seasons to continue to perfect his craft before he makes his way to the Forty Acres, though he possesses an immense amount of tools in his arsenal that will make him a valuable asset for head coach Tom Herman and company when he steps foot on campus.
As one of the nation’s best wide receivers, Davis began garnering a lot of attention on the recruiting trail at the beginning of this year after he produced on the field during his sophomore campaign. Davis logged over 700 receiving yards averaging 24.4 yards per reception while turning eight catches into touchdowns. The explosiveness after the catch and ability to blow past defensive backs when running routes propelled Davis into notable second-year numbers that helped him become one of the more highly sought-after recruits in his cycle.
At 6’0, 193 pounds, Davis has a rock-solid build to go along with a wondrous skill set. He’s also a sensational competitor and a player that’s noticeably exerting all of his energy on the field in between the whistles. The new UT commit runs nearly every route extremely hard and at a blistering pace with some fluidity. On his release off of the line of scrimmage, Davis has the ability to get off the ball in a hurry with an intensified first three steps, which allows him to create separation on his routes.
In the receiving department, Davis is able to track the ball down with ease and attacks the ball with his hands when it’s in the air. He also has impressive leaping ability over defenders and will come down with the the ball in jump-ball situations. Davis isn’t necessarily that physically imposing 6’4 wide-out that’s going to “wow” you with his stature, but he does use his body notably well and plays a physical and aggressive style of football that makes him a dangerous threat after the catch and a rare blocker so early in the process.
Davis gets north and south when he’s running with the football and has that playmaking capability. He’s able to make defenders miss and take a screen the distance at any given moment. While it’s still exceptionally early for the new UT commit, you don’t see Davis running a wide range of routes and you’d like to see him be able to transition his speed in and out of breaks on certain routes, so there are some areas to improve throughout the coming years.
When you think of the Skyline Raiders, Longhorns, wide receiver, and the name Davis, past Texas wide receiver Mike Davis might come to mind. Although Quaydarius holds the same last name as Mike and they both are from the exact same high school, there isn’t any relation. But Quaydarius does share some similarities to one of the Horns all-time leading receivers, like being able to stretch the field and get behind defenses.
In the future, Davis will be a great fit at the Z position for the Horns because of his down the field speed and game-changing ability after the catch.