The nearly two-month drought without a commitment has finally ended for the Texas Longhorns following the Friday pledge of 2013 Bastrop (TX) cornerback Antwuan Davis, first broken by ESPN HornsNation analyst William Wilkerson and later confirmed by the other services.
A 5'11, 180-pounder who held 16 offers from some of the top programs in the country, including Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma, Davis saw his commitment take off after recovering from a back injury that sidelined him for the latter part of his junior season.
Various rated as a three- or four-star prospect by the services, Davis is the 14th commitment in the Texas recruiting class and the first defensive back to pledge.
Here's the scouting report from Davis from an in-person viewing 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)