- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
For two big-time Texas targets, the wait is finally over.
“I was hoping and praying for this one,” Smith said.
The offer is a relief, an honor and a goal they’ve been working for ever since they started playing high school ball. This was a special day, one Smith and Davis had been anxiously looking forward.
So what, then, are they going to do with the offers? Despite their long wait – and because of it – neither one decided to immediately commit to Texas.
Smith was certainly tempted to pull the trigger when Dulles’ offensive coordinator told him he needed to call Texas assistant coach Oscar Giles for some good news. After talking things out with his parents, he had second thoughts.
He’d already made promises to visit Alabama and Oklahoma State this spring before deciding. Despite the offer, Smith said he feels “pretty solid” about sticking to those plans.
“Me and my parents have commitments to see a couple more schools,” he said. “I have to remember that. That’s really what it came down to.”
They’re both some of the best, and so is Texas. I’m not counting anybody out. I want to be a man of my word. I told the coaches I’d take a trip up there and I’m going to do so.”
Davis, on the other hand, has vowed to stick to his plan all along, no matter when his Texas offer arrived. He’ll make a decision later this spring and won’t reach that decision until he’s 100 percent ready.
“They have a good chance as well as everyone else,” Davis said.
Mack Brown assured Smith during a phone call late Monday night that he doesn’t need an immediate answer, and he thanked Smith for remaining patient while secondary coach Duane Akina evaluated his options this spring.
Akina’s slow process and long evaluation of Texas’ top two in-state cornerbacks frustrated both of them at times in recent month. Leaving the Longhorns’ second junior day without an offer surprised them. Not getting them Sunday after visiting Texas’ spring game didn’t feel any better.
“Coach Brown basically said he was sorry if this was any inconvenience,” Smith said. “He said Coach Akina likes to evaluate the family and see how we interact with each other and how we get along with each other.”
Now Davis and Smith are the frontrunners to land two of the few remaining spots in Texas’ 2013 recruiting class. Akina still has not made an offer to another touted spring game visitor, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton cornerback Cole Luke.
Smith and Davis have both considered Texas their favorite school throughout their recruiting processes. Smith has even gone so far as to call UT his dream school, and he did so once again on Monday.
His decision is now down to Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma State, LSU and Oklahoma. He visited Baton Route on Saturday and attended OU’s junior day on March 3.
Davis will choose between UT, Oklahoma, Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M, among others, but is still considering all schools that have offered.
Don’t be surprised if they end up at the same school, especially now that they’re not competing for a Texas offer. Davis and Smith have been good friends ever since they met at a Texas camp last year.
They spent most of the day together on Sunday. They called each other almost immediately after getting the good news Monday. The first one to commit will get right to work recruiting the other.
But for now, Smith and Davis have some serious thinking to do. Will they both become Longhorns?
Smith’s been dreaming about that possibility for a while now. And finally, it’s actually possible.
“This is our dream school, and for us to get this [offer] is a blessing,” he said. “Playing together would be great. I’m really looking forward to that.”