The Longhorns started its last two recruiting classes with quarterbacks. The 2021 cycle began with a commitment from Dallas Skyline wide receiver Quaydarius Davis. The 6-foot, 193-pound playmaker caught 29 passes for 702 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore. He averaged 24 yards per catch, proving to be one of the most electric players in the open field.
Davis held 18 offers, including recent offers from Texas A&M, Alabama, and Tennessee. Davis is an elite wide receiver who should be a four-star prospect once his class is given composite rankings. Davis is an electric receiver after the catch who ranks in the top 100 of his class and as the 13th-best wide receiver in the country, per 247Sports. He can play slot or outside receiver.
Skill set: Davis is uniquely talented because he moves like a smaller slot wide receiver and plays big enough to stay on the outside. He’s nearly 200 pounds, and built like a strong safety. Davis does his best work after the catch. Davis recorded a 33-inch vertical jump at The Opening regional in Dallas. He’s a vertical threat because of his straight-line speed, and as dangerous taking a quick hitch-route 80 yards for a touchdown.
Texas missed out on Garrett Wilson in the 2019 class. Demond Demas and Troy Omeire, the two best wide receiver prospects on the 2020 Fabulous 55, are pledged to Texas A&M. Davis is potentially the top wide receiver in Texas for the 2021 class, and Texas bagged him in the summer before his junior season.
Immediate impact: It’s a long time until Davis steps on campus. There is no real way to predict the status of the wide receiver room he’ll enter before the 2020 season. Texas missing out on so many in-state prospects, plus the departure of Bru McCoy, makes the wide receiver position a real priority until it stabilizes after Collin Johnson runs out of eligibility. There aren’t many proven commodities on campus who will still be on campus by the time Davis arrives.
Fitting into the program: It’s no secret that Texas needs to do a better job recruiting in DFW. Tom Herman’s roots are strong in Houston, but the key to winning national championships is to land the best players in Houston and DFW. It’s a combination of the two that hold the key to restoring Texas to national prominence.
Landing Davis is a strong start for the 2021 cycle. The Longhorns started that momentum with four-star athlete Ja’Quinden Jackson of Duncanville. Dallas Skyline is another program the Longhorns want to build a pipeline into under Herman.
Recruiting at the position: Texas likely wants at least three wide receivers in the 2021 class. Davis is a solid start who gives Texas an option on the outside or inside, similar to current wide receiver Devin Duvernay. Aledo star JoJo Earle is the top target at the slot position. The Longhorns have already offered in-state talents Latrell Neville, and twins Blaine and Bryson Green.