The Texas Longhorns need help at the linebacker position and could have gotten a big boost from Cypress (Texas) Cypress Woods linebacker Deoundrei Davis, who is already enrolled in school, but the athletic linebacker tore his ACL in October and will not be able to participate in spring practice.
A consensus four-star prospect who would have participated in the 2013 US Army All-American Bowl had he been healthy, the 6-2, 210-pound Davis pledged to Texas after visiting for the second Junior Day and held offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech.
Davis is ranked as one of the top 125 players in the country by the 247Sports composite rankings and a top-15 player in the state of Texas, as well as the second-best linebacker.
Here's the evaluation of Davis from the Fox Sports Southwest 7-on-7 State Championship from last summer:
2013 Cypress Woods outside linebacker Deoundrei Davis -- Locked up by the Longhorns after the second Junior Day back in February, Davis will play a hybrid safety/linebacker role for Texas. In a format where most linebackers struggle to make plays, Davis was excellent in coverage, with two plays late in a contest against Frisco Centennial that showcased his skills -- on the first, he flipped his hips to transition, close on a receiver, and knock the ball away at the last second in the endzone. On the second, he handed off a receiver crossing in front of him, moved latterally to his right to pick up another, and once again batted the pass away. Based on those plays, it's easy to see why Texas likes him playing him in space, even though he's also a hard hitter when the pads come on.
In pads, Davis is equally good in coverage, but is also an extremely hard-hitter who can punish opposing ballcarriers and wide receivers across the middle. In a league that is increasing looking to safety/linebacker hybrids to defend opposing spread offenses, Davis is an ideal linebacker who combines some of the best attributes of a safety and a linebacker.
Recruitment timeline: Davis committed to Texas in late February of 2012 and remained firmly committed throughout the process.
Deoundrei Davis Highlights (via epreston21)
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