Thursday, January 10, 2013
Davis ready to start career as Longhorn
By William Wilkerson
SAN ANTONIO - - The U.S. Army All-American Bowl had reached its final second and players from both sidelines rushed toward midfield for daps and pictures.
It was a moment of brotherhood and celebration that players from the East and West had waited for all week.
It was a moment, though, that took Longhorns outside linebacker commitment Deoundrei Davis (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods) a little longer than most to get into.
Deoundrei Davis is progressing in his recovery from knee surgery and is ready to get his career at Texas started.
Davis had to be careful amidst the postgame rush because he was on crutches due to a torn ACL in his right knee. He suffered the injury during his senior season and wasn’t able to take part in any football activities for the All-American bowl.
True to form, Davis made the most of the situation.
“It was frustrating at times that I couldn’t be out there with the team,” he said. “But it was an amazing feeling just to be out here. It was just a blessed feeling.”
The week was made a little easier by the fact that Davis (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) got to spend it getting closer to the other six Longhorns commitments in the game.
“Everybody was giving me words of encouragement,” Davis said. “Even though I was hurt my spirits aren’t down. I can always bounce back. Every downfall leads to a triumph.”
It looks like Davis’ road to recovery is coming down the final stretch. He is expected to get off his crutches this week.
He’ll really ramp things up once he moves to Austin on Jan. 13 and enrolls at Texas on Jan. 14.
“I feel like it is going to help me out a lot to get up there and start rehabbing seven months early before the season even starts and hopefully play as a freshman,” Davis said. “I can’t wait.”
Davis said his rehabilitation has gone very smoothly so far but he is anxious to be under the watchful eye of Texas’ doctors.
“It is going to be more advanced,” he said. “They are going to get me back sooner. They are estimating that I will be running in three months and that I will be in playing shape in five months. Just during that rehab I will be back to my playing weight, if not even heavier.”
Getting back to his playing weight is one of Davis’ main points of emphasis once he gets healthy. He is a slim 205 pounds right now, 15 pounds lighter than what he finished his season at.
Simply being able to say that he is officially a Longhorn is going to ease Davis’ mind.
“I am overly excited just to say that I graduated high school early and can enroll in the University of Texas just to get that experience going,” he said.
It’s been a long time coming.
“I’ve been a Longhorn fan since I was a little kid,” said Davis, who committed to Texas on Feb. 26. “Once I got that opportunity I couldn’t resist it.”
Davis promises to bring an added level of intensity to the Longhorns as soon as he steps on campus.
“I am a very intense player,” he said. “I play with a lot of passion and emotion. I give it my all every play. I give 100 percent. I feel like I will bring some excitement to the team and big plays.”