Ask Duane Akina what he looks for in a corner, and the list might come out something like this: size, length, speed, fluidity, physicality and attitude. And in Bastrop cornerback Antwuan Davis, one of the fastest players in the entire state and a 6-foot-1 cornerback, Akina might have found his man.
Davis isn't the most man-ready cornerback right out of the box at this point, but he has the best combination of skills in that department, potentially of any corner in the country. You're talking about somebody with the strength to jam (he bench-presses 350 pounds), better than 10.5-second speed in the 100-meter dash (Texas has clocked him at under 4.35 seconds), and a player who wants the challenge of guarding the best receivers in the country.
Davis had the chance to do exactly that at the U.S. Army All-American game, particularly in the West team practices where he went against guys like Ricky Seals-Jones, Derrick Griffin, USC commitment Steven Mitchell and even future Longhorn Jake Oliver. And while Davis lost a few of his battles, he won more than his fair share, especially in some epic contests with the 6-5, 230-pound Seals-Jones.
It was that week that revealed that maybe Davis didn't have to go as far as some people thought, and Davis said that Akina told him to come in with the intention of playing early. With Quandre Diggs likely shifting back to safety, plays could open up both at the No. 2 cornerback spot across from Carrington Byndom, and depending on who wins that job, at the nickel corner spot.
But however those competitions turn out, Texas will have gained an able addition to DBU, a player with an elite size-speed-strength combination who could excel on special teams right away.
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