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Monday, March 25, 2013
Texas gives 2015 TE birthday to remember

By Max Olson

Even though he’d already committed to Florida State during the week, Houston Clear Lake tight end Jordan Davis still wanted to visit Texas’ first sophomore day.

That was not necessarily any easy decision. The alternative? Stay home Saturday and celebrate his 16th birthday.

The Longhorns coaching staff didn’t present him with a birthday cake and balloons, but they did send Davis home plenty happy.

“It was a good birthday. I got a $100,000 birthday gift today," Davis said. "They got together and gave me a real good birthday gift.”

That gift of a scholarship offer came at the beginning of the day. Davis said he was the first recruit brought into Mack Brown’s office, and he appreciated the gesture.

“It’s a little better than ice cream, I would say,” he added.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound tight end said his visit to Texas went much better than he’d expected. He enjoyed watching a spring scrimmage and was impressed by the fact the Longhorns still use a true tight end in their new no-huddle offense.

“I could see myself in their offense,” he said. “They’re one of those schools that actually does use a tight end. They’re not just blocking tight ends. I’m seeing the tight end run routes, too. I could really fit there because I’m more of a receiver with my ball skills.”

Davis said he'd heard Brown had a reputation for arrogance, but he didn't find that to be the case in his one-on-one time with the coach.

"He was really nice when you get to meet him," he said. "He’s up-front and tells you how it is. That’s what I like about him. He’s not going to sugarcoat anything. He means business and he’s trying to win championships.

That being said, Davis was quick to point out the visit did not shake his confidence when it comes to his pledge to Florida State, which he made last Tuesday. He got permission from FSU recruiter Tim Brewster -- a former UT assistant coach -- to take the visit.

That commitment didn’t stop Brown from making a hard sell Saturday.

“He didn’t really seem too worried about me being committed,” Davis said. “He said I’m not leaving Texas once I graduate, that I’m going to their school even if I did commit to Florida State.”

Davis was still a bit surprised when he received the offer from Texas, just his second so far. Recruiter Larry Porter and tight ends coach Bruce Chambers told him they’ll be back down to Clear Lake this spring to watch him practice and will continue to recruit him no matter where he’s committed.

Where do the Longhorns stand after the visit? Davis said they’re high on his list and in his top five. But they’re not unseating the Seminoles right now.

“I’m pretty solid and set on Florida State,” he said. “I talked to Coach Brewster before the visit and I let him know they don’t have to worry about me decommitting. I’m committed to them, and that’s where I want to go to.”