The Houston Cougars and newly named head coach Major Applewhite definitely made the most of their last precious hours before the beginning of the NCAA recruiting dead period.
Although Applewhite had maintained a very busy recruiting schedule while the Cougars conducted the search that ultimately named him as Tom Herman’s replacement, the importance of his presence on the recruiting front increased greatly after his naming.
Within an hour of the Cougars announcing via Twitter the appointment of Applewhite, he was visiting Huffman offensive tackle commit Dennis Bardwell. He maintained that busy schedule through the weekend including many phone calls in his efforts as well.
One call Applewhite made on Saturday was to 2017 Mansfield Timberview cornerback LaMarque Davis. Davis was impressed that Applewhite would take the time to personally call.
“Coach Applewhite called me yesterday about six,” the 6-foot-3, 175 pound Davis said. “We had a conversation and it was my first time talking to him. It showed a lot for him to call me himself and talk to me personally. We were talking for a while and he offered me too.”
For Davis, the recruiting process had admittedly slowed some and he was beginning to contemplate a decision between the schools who had already offered him.
“Before Houston, it had slowed down some,” he said. “There were some coaches coming by still and telling me they liked me but I would not hear back. Last week I was about to get ready to commit. Something told me to just wait a little bit longer. Houston came and now other schools are starting to come, so it was just a matter of waiting and being patient. Recently, Texas Tech has been in contact and then last night coach (Gary) Patterson followed me on Twitter.”
In addition to the phone call from Applewhite, Houston has shown Davis is a priority as Cougars defensive coach Dan Carrel had a home visit with him on Sunday.
“Coach Dan came and visited me today and he asked me about my connections to Houston and what I knew about them,” Davis said. “I hadn’t really payed that much attention to Houston until last year when everyone doubted them against Florida State. When I saw that and saw how their season had gone before that game, they caught my eye. I’ve been watching almost every game of theirs this season. I really liked them but I never thought I would receive an offer from them. After getting the offer, I really like it more. I can really feel the fans showing me love on Twitter and some of the commits have direct messaged me, telling me they hope I join the family and they can’t wait to see me play. It’s really been great.”
Next up for Davis as the process winds down will be a return trip to Houston's campus, but to see a new side of it.
“I’ve been to their campus before but it was for track,” Davis said. “I have been to the Carl Lewis meets at the indoor track there, but I haven’t ever really been to see the football side of it. I’m going to be down there January 21 for my official visit.”
With the addition of Northeast Oklahoma A&M kicker Dalton Witherspoon, the Cougars currently stand at 19 commits in the 2017 recruiting class.
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