LonghornDigest.com Texas Top 50

LonghornDigest.com will break down the top 50 players in the state, five at a time. Texas Tech commitment Reginald Davis is No. 31.

31) Reginald Davis, WR, Tenaha (Texas Tech)

When coaches are looking for athletes, they largely look for speed and versatility. And in Davis, you have a player who can flat-out fly, and who has played practically every skill position on offense. In the Wildcat, he has both worked as quarterback and as the jet sweep running back taking the handoff. And he has also shown an ability to catch the ball when lined up out wide as a receiver. It's the latter position that Davis should fit at in college, where his tremendous straight-lined speed should come in awfully handy.


32) Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OT, Haltom City (TCU)

Vaitai is a prototype tackle in terms of size (6-6), length and nastiness. It's the last attribute that shows up most frequently on film. Vaitai drives his man off the ball with aggression, then continues to push with tremendous punch and effort. He shows an ability to get to the second level well with good feet, but will need to work on his pass protection skills. That's a pretty common diagnosis for high school tackles who often find themselves run-blocking more often than they will in college.


33) Colin Blake, DB, San Antonio Brandeis (undecided)

There's a tendency to grade Blake out as a safety because there aren't many 6-3 cornerbacks out there. But Blake has the speed and the feet to project as an ideal zone cornerback, somewhat in the mold of current Tampa Bay standout Aqib Talib (who was 6-2). Blake moves surprisingly well for his height, but doesn't come up in run support as much as you'd like. Still, if he goes to a team that plays primarily Cover Two, it'd be hard to find a better corner in this in-state class.


34) John McGee, OL, Texarkana (Oklahoma)

McGee played tackle for Texarkana, but he looks to be one of the top center prospects in the country. At 6-3 270, he has decent size for that position, and he moves and pulls well. He's typically quick off the ball, but even when he isn't, he shows the strength to root hog the defensive lineman out of position. Oklahoma has thrived with mobile interior linemen who can make blocks in space, and McGee is a great fit.


35) Edward Pope, S, Carthage (undecided)

A lot of the skills that make Pope an effective receiver — quick feet, great hands and fantastic ball skills — make him an ideal fit for safety at the next level. He's a good enough athlete at either position, and at 6-3, he has excellent height. But he's potentially special at safety, where he hits much harder than his listed weight of 175 pounds would indicate, and where his ball skills allow him to break up and intercept passes that other safeties can't. And once he gets the ball into his hands, the first defender never gets him to the ground.


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