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DB recruits still in limbo after UT spring game

Antwuan Davis made sure to keep his eyes open on Sunday. Who could blame him?

The Bastrop junior cornerback knew Texas was bringing in three other big-time defensive backs for its Orange-White spring game. He appreciated the opportunity to size up them up.

“It was definitely fun to look around and see who you’re competing against,” Davis said.

There was his buddy Maurice Smith, the Sugar Land Dulles cornerback who’s similar in size and has just as many offers.

Davis spotted Cole Luke, the Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton corner. He met Rossville (Ga.) Ridgeland safety Vonn Bell, too.

The four defensive backs in attendance at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium are among Texas’ biggest remaining targets for its 2013 recruiting class. Thing is, only one of them has an offer so far.

Surprisingly, that did not change on Sunday. Luke did not receive the offer he expected from secondary coach Duane Akina. Neither did Smith or Davis, two in-state corners who have waited patiently.

Smith and Davis met with Akina at the same time on Sunday. He told them the same thing he’s been saying for weeks: Keep waiting. We’ll visit your spring practices. The evaluations continue.

Both have considered Texas their favorite school throughout the spring. But how much longer are they willing to wait?

“It is frustrating. You don’t know what corner is going to get that spot,” Davis said. “I’m going to make my decision when I plan on making mine. If the offer comes after I commit somewhere, I’m not going to decommit. I’m sticking to my plan.”

A trip to Austin was nothing new for Davis, Smith or Bell - he grew up in Dallas – but Luke had never been to UT before Sunday. He took in the spring game with his uncle, former Dallas Cowboys great Darren Woodson.

“I knew a little about Texas before coming,” Luke said. “They have a great tradition. Their fan base, I didn’t know their fan base was that big and great like I saw today. I thought it was a good day. They impressed me, and I had high expectations.”

The 6-foot, 165-pound corner was puzzled by the fact he didn’t get an offer, but he still enjoyed the trip and appreciated the opportunity to catch up with Akina and watch him coach his secondary.

“We talked on the phone before, but meeting him in person was nice,” Luke said. “That was pretty good, and we got to watch a little film. All in all he’s a great guy and a great coach.”

They spent time together before and after the game. Didn’t talk much about recruiting, just football. Luke liked that.

He already holds offers from half the Pac-12 and big programs like Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Michigan. Offer or not, Texas helped its chances of landing the out-of-state defender on Sunday.

“To be honest, I haven’t really sorted things out,” he said. “But they definitely have my attention, I’ll say that. I think highly of them.”

Bell already received an offer last month and was thrilled by how his visit went. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with Akina, the rest of the UT coaches and their families.

As for where the Longhorns stand in landing his pledge, Bell has some thinking to do.

“I really enjoyed the visit,” he said, “but I’ll have to get back to you on the ranking of my schools.”

Even if he felt disappointed by where he stands with Longhorn coaches, Davis enjoyed his trip.

He got to meet Chykie and Tarell Brown and see Aaron Ross. He went looking for Quandre Diggs but couldn’t find him. He paid close attention to the Texas secondary and was impressed by the quality of its backups.

He still likes Texas. He can see himself playing for Texas.

Sunday just wasn’t the big decision day these defensive backs had been looking forward to. Is it coming soon?

“We still don’t know,” Davis said. “Nobody knows. Whenever Coach Akina is ready.”