Both 2013 recruits were offered at the Spring game. They're generally well-regarded: Hookem 247 ranks Smith 31st in the state; Davis a puzzling 57th; Rivals has Davis at 14th in the state; Smith 23rd - and boast excellent offer lists, but based on my very incomplete viewing, I love Antwuan Davis and like Maurice Smith.
First, Maurice Smith.
Sorry, not that Maurice Smith. Though I'd like to have him.
I was looking for this guy:
Good frame, willing tackler, long arms, adept at rerouting receivers in press man and instinctive when the ball is in the air. His hands are good enough to get him play on offense. However, I don't see great speed or elite quickness. At least not in pads. Do you? However his performance at a recent combine disagrees with that assessment and earned him an invitation to the The Opening event. Am I getting thrown off by a long strider?
First play tells you what you need to know and you'll get a better look at it on Hudl. Davis relishes contact and he's explosive as hell. He hasn't learned the finer points of technique, but that's why Akina makes the big bucks. Davis was recently clocked at a 10.45 100 meters and dropped a 4.36 40 (Mad Dog timed) at a Texas camp. When I see elite track speed show up in pads paired with aggression and quickness on a 6 foot frame, I'm wondering how anyone could have him ranked below the Top 10 players in the state. In fact, if I have any criticism of Davis, it's that he loves contact so much, he can't resist late shots on receivers after dominating them at the LOS.
So why the possible divergence on Davis? One possible reason is that he lost most of his junior season to a stress fracture in his back. Clearly, everyone wants to see if he can play football with the same abandon in his senior season and if this will be a recurring issue, but spondylolysis doesn't need to be a deal breaker with our training and medical resources.
With Georgia safety Vonn Bell and Florida's Marcell Harris offered and Arizona's Cole Luke not, it looks like 2013 Texas DB recruiting is coming into focus. We'll take three and close shop.