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Saturday, February 2, 2013
Horns Snapshot: OLB Deoundrei Davis

By William Wilkerson

To gear up for 2013 national signing day, HornsNation’s William Wilkerson is breaking down every commitment in the Longhorns' 2013 recruiting class.

Vitals: Outside linebacker Deoundrei Davis, Cypress, Texas/Cy Woods | 6-foot-2, 215 pounds

Committed: Feb. 26, 2012; Already enrolled

ESPN.com grade: 83. Four-star recruit

ESPN.com rankings: No. 13 OLB, No. 22 player in the Midlands region, No. 19 prospect in Texas

Picked Texas over: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech

State of the position: The Longhorns enter 2013 with all of their key linebackers returning from 2012, including a healthy Jordan Hicks, who missed most of the season with a hip injury. In Hicks’ absence, Steve Edmond became the face of the position and played well. Peter Jinkens was arguably Texas’ most exciting player the last two games of the season and will see his role increase. Demarco Cobbs was injured late but should return healthy and supply Texas with uncanny speed for the position. Then there are holdovers like Tevin Jackson, Kendall Thompson and Dalton Santos, who should all see increased rolls due to their production in 2012.

Pros: “Davis is an impact player at the linebacker position who dominates the run and pass with his playing speed and physical strength. He has the size and athleticism to play outside linebacker at the major level of competition and his frame appears capable of supporting additional bulk over time. This guy is a knock 'em back tackler whether up at the line of scrimmage or in the open field. He is explosive, packs a punch and doesn't allow yards after contact. His balance and agility coupled with his tackling ability could earn him early playing time as a special teams coverage defender. He is very productive blocking field goals, punts and PATs. Davis has the hip flexibility to play in space, demonstrates the ability to turn and change direction and shows excellent sideline-to-sideline range. He displays the initial quickness to get off the mark whether playing on or off the line. He does a great job of getting a jump on running plays with outstanding key and diagnosis reaction skills vs. the run. He puts his upper body playing strength to good use when taking on blockers and is a physically dominant player, capable of taking on and defeating blockers at the point of attack. He plays along the line and shows the ability keep his legs free moving through traffic and avoiding trash when in pursuit of the football.” – ESPN scouting report

Cons: Tore ACL in his right knee during senior season

Similar to/potential role: Peter Jinkens and Tevin Jackson. Jinkens and Jackson both have above average speed for the position, and Davis is no different. He could make the type of early impact that Jinkens made late last season if he’s given the chance.

Expected impact: 2013. Yes, he is coming off an ACL injury, but Davis is one of the more driven individuals you’ll find. That coupled with the fact that he is already enrolled should expedite his path to playing time. Davis thinks he’ll see the field this season in some capacity. Special teams is probably the way to go.