Texas’ lone 2021 commitment was among the dozens of high-level prospects in Austin for the Heat Wave event hosted by the Longhorns. The annual summer event is a way to get the top targets from around the country in one place, and in a laid-back setting punctuated by a pool party. Dallas Skyline wide receiver Quay Davis became Texas’ first pledge of the 2021 cycle on June 9. It’s safe to say the 6-0, 193-pound four-star is already at home when he’s on campus.
“It was live. I had a great time. I feel like I already play here. I’m ready to be here,” Davis said. “I love Texas. I’m from Texas and I want to be here. It is my dream school.”
Davis is ranked as the 10th-best player in Texas and the 13th-best wide receiver in the 2021 class, per 247Sports’ composite rankings. He’s a future member of the Fabulous 55. Davis chose the Longhorns over 17 other offers, including SEC powers like Alabama and Florida.
“I can move around and play any way they put me,” said Davis of his versatility at the position. He caught 29 passes for 702 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore. He helped Skyline reach the playoffs for the first time in Class 6A Division I.
The 2020 class still lacks wide receivers despite success recruiting on the offensive side of the ball.
Temple’s Quentin Johnston is a prospect rising up the recruiting ranks. He’s also become an even bigger priority for the Texas staff with Demond Demas and Troy Omeire both pledged to Texas A&M. Johnston is a star in football, basketball, and on the track, leaving him little time to explore the recruiting process during the school year. This summer is important for his process.
“I haven’t gotten a sense of the schools yet, so the main reason for the summer visits is to narrow down the list and figure out what is for me,” Johnston said. “I want a family feel. Most of the big programs are going to offer you the best in terms of food, coaching and all that.”
Johnston also cares about academics and appreciates how much Texas emphasizes off-the-field success in college. He was also a fan of the fun atmosphere Texas created for the Heat Wave event.
“I also want a school that can help me major in business. Texas talks about the academics and connections as much as they talk about football,” Johnston said. “It was laid back at first, but the energy turned up a level when we got to the pool. It was fun meeting new people and having fun. It was electric.”
Johnston was also afforded a chance to bond with UT receivers coach Drew Mehringer.
“Looking at the depth chart, coach (Drew Mehringer) told me I’d be one of the best recruits coming in and that I could fit in,” Johnston said. “He’d give me an opportunity to come in and take someone’s position.”
Johnston doesn’t know when his process will end as he’s using the summer to tour programs. The 6-4, 180-pound prospect also holds offers from TCU, Baylor, and Oklahoma.
A prospect that was on campus awaiting an offer was Cedar Hill offensive tackle Courtland Ford. The 6-6, 305-pound four-star is ranked No. 22 on the Fab 55. He was a one-time commit to LSU. Ford grew up with Texas commit Ja’Quinden Jackson and enjoyed his time on campus enough to plan another visit in July.
“Texas is up there. I enjoyed the campus. I will for sure come back down here,” Ford said. “We talked about an offer. I will come back in July and I expect only good news from here on out.
I love coach Hand. He talks about relationships as much as football. He’s a humble dude.”
Ford cautions young prospects on making early decisions and advises players to take their time and see as many places as possible.
“I found out LSU wasn’t really for me. It’s my life and want to be special about this process,” he said. “If a school wants you, they’ll let you take your time and do what’s best for you.”