Commentary

UT's location the main draw for Davis

Originally Published: December 14, 2009
By Gerry Hamilton | Scouts Inc.

Under Armour All-American Mike Davis (Dallas/Skyline) has had a change of heart.

After he committed to LSU in February and took an official visit to Baton Rouge for the showdown with then-No. 1 Florida, it looked as though the 6-foot-1 playmaker was all set to play for the Tigers. On Sunday, that all changed when the four-star prospect announced he was making the switch to Texas after a weekend official visit.

"The visit was straight," Davis said. "There wasn't anything major that stood out, but I just liked the players and stuff. I liked hanging out with the players the most. Texas is in-state, closer to home, closer to my momma, the academics are great, I like the chow down there, and I know I'm going to be taken care of down there."

Davis first showed signs of having second thoughts when he visited Texas A&M officially Oct. 30. He continued to consider trips to Florida, North Carolina and California, but the Longhorns had his full attention as well as a leg up on the competition thanks to former Skyline and current Longhorns safety Christian Scott, who hosted Davis on the visit.

"That helped a lot," Davis said. "He's like a big brother to me. I know I can trust him. He'll be telling me how to do things down there and help me. I can hang out at his place. There are a lot of things he can help me with so there isn't as much to worry about."

Davis was also drawn to Texas because of the number of three- and four-wide sets in the offensive scheme, plus the chance for immediate playing time with the graduation of Jordan Shipley. Texas head coach Mack Brown expects the Dallas-area standout to come in early ready to compete.

"He wants me to get on the field early but said it was up to me to show them that I was ready," Davis said. "He said he knows what I can do, but wants me to stay focused and learn the system. They say I'm going to play both inside and outside like Shipley."

Davis, who first took a liking to Texas last year watching Colt McCoy and the Longhorns' passing attack, says he is officially done with the recruiting process and is turning his full attention to playing hoops for Skyline and preparing for the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2 on ESPN.

"Now that all this recruiting stuff is behind me, I'm focusing on getting ready for the Under Armour game," Davis said. "I'm trying to stay polished and focused for the practices and game. I don't want there to be a drop-off from the season. I'm just going to go over there and try to pick up a fifth star."

Davis will board a plane to Orlando with supreme confidence after posting huge numbers in the 5A playoffs. In a 41-36 win over DeSoto in the second round, he put together a dominant performance, catching four first-half touchdowns on his way to a seven-reception, 263-yard day. He also picked off two passes in the second half playing corner to help secure the victory after a second half charge by the Eagles.

Davis said he is glad to have the recruiting process in his rearview mirror.

"Man, [the recruiting process is] really all a game," he said. "It's stressful. You have to feel like you can trust the right people and go with your heart in the end. It's just about looking at all the stuff that comes with the recruiting process, making sure of the things most important and following your heart."

Gerry Hamilton has covered recruiting in Texas and the Southwest for more than a decade. He can be reached at espngerry@yahoo.com.