- William Wilkerson, RecruitingNation
To gear up for 2013 national signing day, HornsNation’s William Wilkerson is breaking down every commitment in the Longhorns' 2013 recruiting class.
Vitals: Cornerback Antwuan Davis, Bastrop, Texas/Bastrop | 6-foot, 180 pounds
Committed: May 4, 2012
ESPN.com grade: 83. Four-star recruit
ESPN.com rankings: No. 15 CB, No. 21 player in Midlands region, No. 18 prospect in Texas.
Picked Texas over: Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt.
State of the position: Texas returns both starting cornerbacks in Quandre Diggs and Carrington Byndom. Diggs spent a lot of time at safety during practice for the Alamo Bowl with the idea that he could, possibly, take over Kenny Vaccaro’s role. If that happens, Duke Thomas and Bryson Echols will be two names that could step in for Diggs at left corner.
Pros: “If you are looking for speed and explosiveness on the perimeter, Davis performs at a premium level. Tall, lean and lengthy, he has plenty of pop on his tightly wound frame. A quick-twitched athlete who plays bigger and thrives on contact. This is a physical DB who plays with an edge and, at times, a reckless style that could be more under control. He's smooth yet explosive in transition coming out of pedal. Shows very strong plant and drive burst coming out of breaks and jumping underneath routes. He locks down in tight coverage as well. He flashes great upper-body strength and very strong hands. He displays quick footwork and fluid hips mirroring receivers off the line while stabbing with his hands. Excels at re-routing and jamming receivers off the line. He's more adept in tight coverage, but shows he can open, turn and run without losing much in transition. He has great makeup speed to receivers when caught out of position. He may be at his best in zone schemes where he can read the quarterback and play ball to man. Does a good job mid-pointing high-low routes and jumping the hot route with very good anticipation and explosion. He is quick to support perimeter run and pass. He closes strong, limiting the run after catch with strong open field tackling. Destroys the stalk block and sets the edge on run support.” -- ESPN scouting report
Cons: “He may benefit from playing more under control and balanced in space. Does show some hip tension at times playing off-man coverage and his overall coverage technique could continue to be refined.” -- ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Quandre Diggs. Diggs might not be the biggest cornerback in the country, or even Texas’ program, but he’s as physical as you’ll find. That physical nature is Davis’ calling card. He prides himself on that aspect of his game and is darn good at it given his size.
Expected impact: 2013. There have been rumblings out there that Davis could move to safety, though he has denied them. He did say he wouldn’t mind making a move there later in his career but he’ll start out as a CB first. He’s good enough to see the field early but his playing time at corner could hinge on where Diggs ends up lining up.