TB14 reacted to Tlarsen in Talking Texas with 2021 Football commit Juan Davis
The recruiting staff at Texas have slowly accumulated an array of offensive weapons in their 2021 class. With top-50 national recruits in Denton Ryan’s Ja’Tavion Sanders and Billy Bowman Jr., 4-star quarterback Jalen Milroe, tight end commit Landen King, and pass-protection from 4-star Hayden Conner, Texas is assembling solid components for an explosive offense.
The list doesn’t end there.
The Longhorns have also received a commitment from Everman three-star athlete, and a player who does it all, Juan Davis.
After his sophomore season Davis received three offers from Southern Miss, Baylor, and Texas. Two months after the latter offer, Davis committed to the Longhorns via Twitter.
“UT always made me feel like I was at home each and every time I was there,” Davis said.
As a sophomore, the 6’4” near 220-pound athlete was a first-team all-district selection catching 41 balls for 499 yards and seven touchdowns.
As a junior, he took a step back in terms of receiving, only catching six balls for 113 yards. He also played quarterback, throwing for almost 400 yards and six touchdowns. In addition, Davis was the leading rusher with 895 yards and 12 touchdowns. And he was the team’s punter and blocked two punts on the other side of the ball.
It’s easy to see that Davis does it all for the Everman Bulldogs.
“Football! I just love playing the game of football,” Davis said on what leads to his personal success.
Everman under Davis’ star power has made it to the playoffs each of the past two years, yet hasn’t notched a playoff victory yet. Davis wants to make sure he puts the whole state on notice in his final year as a Bulldog.
“There’s nothing else really I’d like to accomplish before arriving at UT,” Davis said. “I just want to go all out my last year of high school.”
The COVID-19 Pandemic isn’t slowing down Davis or his work ethic as he still finds ways to remain in shape during this global crisis.
“I get up with my mom every day and we go run a couple of miles,” Davis said.
Davis, after he plays every position on offense again for the Bulldogs, has some very simple goals that will go a long way when he’s a Longhorn.
“A goal I’d like to have when I start at UT is just to give 110% every practice, game, etc.”
The multi-sport star has been a freak of nature thus far in his athletic career. He’s been a machine at the high school level, no matter what sport he tries.
In Track and Field as a sophomore, he ran a 24 second flat 200-meters and registered a 43’ mark in the triple jump. Who knows how much more those marks could’ve improved if the track season was allowed to conclude.
At the end of the day Juan Davis just wants Longhorns fans to know one thing about him.
“When Juan Davis hits the field, it’s showtime!”
TB14 got a reaction from Sirhornsalot in Women’s Hoops to find new coach
You have to wonder how much was done behind the scenes before Aston was officially not renewed. Not a lot of coaches that are better than Aston. CDC must've known Vic was coming to make that change.
I wish Aston well. Always liked what I've seen of her.
TB14 reacted to Tlarsen in Talking Texas with 2021 Football Commit Hayden Conner
Last season, the Katy Taylor Mustangs limped into the Texas 6A D2 playoffs at 5-5. What ensued was an improbable run of four consecutive wins that propelled the Mustangs to the state semifinals. During that run, the Mustangs averaged more than 41 points a game, 15 points more than what they were doing in the regular season.
One profound reason for that success? 2021 UT commit Hayden Conner.
Conner is a 6’6” 325-pound beast of a left tackle. The Mustang had an impressive 87 pancake blocks on the season and is a four-star recruit based on the 247 sports composite.
“I take film and preparation very seriously. I spend a lot of time studying my opponent and seeing what they might try to do,” Conner said on his on-field success. “I love the off-season and preparing my body for the next year.”
Conner was heavily recruited, receiving D1 offers from Texas A&M, Stanford, and Michigan among others before ultimately deciding on the Longhorns.
“UT has one of the best aerospace engineering programs in the country,” Conner said on why he chose UT. “Combine that with big-time football close to home and a former teammate committing which made it a very easy decision.”
The teammate that Conner is referring to would be a fellow four-star prospect, a dual-threat quarterback from Katy Tompkins, Jalen Milroe.
Conner and Milroe have been close friends and been playing football together since elementary school. Once Milroe committed to being the future Texas quarterback, Conner shortly followed.
The junior left tackle excels not only on the gridiron but in the classroom as well. He boasts an impressive 3.58 GPA and is pursuing aerospace engineering. It’s only fitting that Conner has lofty goals for his time as a Longhorn.
“Excel academically and get a great degree,” Conner said on his future goals. “Find a way to contribute as early as possible and help UT get back to a national championship.”
Just like how the commitment of Jalen Milroe made it an easier decision for Hayden Conner, Conner’s commitment might sway another recruit into the Longhorns family as well.
Katy Taylor boasts yet another four-star recruit on their offensive line with 6’5” 320-pound offensive guard, Bryce Foster. Foster is also a junior and just over a month ago listed his top five teams as Oklahoma, LSU, Oregon, Texas A&M, and Texas.
“Bryce and I make each other a lot better. We’ve been together since sixth grade and have had a lot of success,” Conner said on the potential of playing with Foster at UT. “There’s no one that I would rather go to war with.”
Regardless of where Foster ends up though, Texas still holds claim to one of the best 2021 recruiting classes in the nation. Hayden Conner is a huge reason for that claim.
“I want the fans to know that I am 100% locked in with UT. I’m doing everything I can to help build my class and when I get on campus I’ll give everything I have to represent the University of Texas to the best of my ability. I’m proud to be a Longhorn. Hook em!”
TB14 reacted to HornSports Staff in 5 -Star Cedar Creek DE Alfred Collins commits to Texas
Texas just landed a National Signing Day goldmine.
The top uncommitted player in the state made it official on Wednesday afternoon when he signed with Texas after an up-and-down recruitment that saw the Longhorns in the thick of things the whole way.
Collins chose Texas over Oklahoma and Alabama after whittling down to those three last week. Other schools in the running in the last month have included Baylor and LSU.
Baylor made it interesting in late December, causing Texas fans to worry a bit on how solid of a possibility Collins could become, but following the departure of Matt Rhule, Collins eliminated Baylor from contention.
Collins is ranked as the 62nd best player in the country, according to 247Sports Composite rankings. He is the 2nd overall strong-side defensive end and the 8th ranked recruit in the state of Texas.
Name: Alfred Collins
High School: Cedar Creek
Hometown: Bastrop, Texas
Weight: 284 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.00 sec
Shuttle: 4.44 sec
THREE BEST TRAITS:
Size – Collins is already a monster at 6’5″, 284 pounds, but he still has room to fill into a long frame. His potential to grow under an offseason program at Texas is sky-high, but even at his current size, he poses a challenge for the majority of the players in the country.
Hustle – In watching Collins’ film, you can quickly see that he is not one to give up on plays, even if it is on the other side of the field. To have a defensive end that plays until the whistle, no matter the result, is huge for any team, but at the college level, it can be a game-changing trait.
Strength – Collins hasn’t had many issues against 5A talent in the Austin area, but after seeing his performance at the All-American Bowl against some of the nation’s elite talent, he still was as dominant at the point of attack from an upper-body standpoint. Size, you can’t teach, but with strength, it takes a disciplined kid willing to get in the weight room to improve. Collins has just that.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT:
Getting thru the Double-Team – Some of the biggest issues that Collins faced during his time at Cedar Creek was maneuvering through the double-team on a consistent basis. If his dominance translates to the next level, he will have to get better at fighting off two linemen on the pass rush.
IQ – Collins is a smart player, don’t get me wrong. But at the power five level, there are some things he can improve on in getting to know the game and making correct decisions. He is still relatively raw from a knowledge standpoint, but can improve under the correct coaching.
Alfred Collins is Texas’ third defensive lineman in the 2020 class, joining Vernon Broughton and Sawyer Goram-Welch. Texas searched out a dominant defensive lineman in this class, someone that could be reminiscent of Breckyn Hager or Charles Omenihu, and it seems as though they have just that in Collins. With proper development, Collins could be the best defensive lineman Texas has seen in the last decade.
Collins will enter Austin as a bit of a project, but with a ton of upside. If you were to rank the ceilings of each player in the Longhorns’ 2020 class, Collins would arguably have the highest of all. In working with defensive line coach Oscar Giles and the return of a four-man front under Chris Ash, Collins should be able to succeed on the Forty Acres with ease.