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February 26, 2012Things were quiet in the hours immediately following the Longhorns' junior day on Saturday, with most of the prospects who were in attendance returning home without a formal scholarship offer from the Texas staff. Dallas Lake Highlands offensive lineman Kent Perkins was offered, but the rest of the players were told that the UT coaches were going to discuss things as a staff and in most cases, continue their evaluations into the spring and summer.
On Saturday night, things changed for one of the state's top defensive players. Mack Brown extended a scholarship offer to Cypress Woods linebacker Deoundrei Davis at about 10 p.m. on Saturday night and Davis officially became the Longhorns' seventh commitment on Sunday morning.
"They offered me last night. I slept on it, prayed on it and my heart and body told me this is the place for me," Davis said. "Meeting coach Brown, coach (Manny) Diaz and coach (Oscar) Giles, that just made me feel welcome. The whole Texas staff did.
"Getting my degree from Texas, being from Texas, being a Texas Longhorn has always been a dream of mine and now I'm making my dream come true."
The 6-3, 215-pound Davis is one of the state's hottest defensive prospects. Prior to committing to Texas, he had picked up offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Texas A&M. Once Texas offered, it didn't take Davis long to make his decision.
"Texas has been my team since I was two years old when I started watching football. Being able to play for them, that's always a dream for me. They made it possible by offering me and now it's a dream come true."
An outside linebacker prospect with tremendous speed and athleticism, Davis is hoping he can come in and lend immediate help to the Longhorn defense.
"I feel like I can bring a great deal to the defense, have an immediate impact. My speed and my aggressiveness are my strengths," Davis said. "And I'm a ballhawk. Wherever ball is, that's where I'll be."
With his commitment now in the bag, Davis said he'll shut down the recruiting process.
"I'm solid with my commitment to Texas. That's where I want to be," he said. "It's a good feeling. It's an even better feeling knowing that it's the school that I've always wanted to go to, the Texas Longhorns. I want to bring that national championship back to Texas, my home state."
A four-star prospect, Davis is rated No. 68 on the 2013 Lone Star Recruiting Top 100.