Marcus Davis: Commitment Stronger Than Ever

If Marcus Davis had any doubts about his commitment to Texas, the play of the Texas defense this season and the Longhorns' No. 1 ranking have combined to emphatically squash them.

The League City Clear Creek cornerback, one of the top defensive prospects in the Houston area and a five-star prospect, was in attendance for the Longhorns' victory over Missouri and liked what he saw, to say the least.

"They played really well and the defense went out and dominated," Marcus Davis said. "They really look like they are coming together as a team."

Davis has also taken to notice of Will Muschamp's impact on the defense and the Texas program.

"He has brought a lot of intensity and aggressiveness to the defense," Davis said. "It seems like he has been a real good fit for Texas."

One of the first commits of the Longhorns' 2009 recruiting class (Davis committed on Feb. 11 along with Chris Whaley, Thomas Ashcraft, Greg Timmons and Garrett Porter), Davis has had to worry about more than football over the last few months. Hurricane Ike devastated the Texas Gulf Coast and while his hometown was in the path of the storm, the aftermath was not as terrible as it could have been, according to Davis.

"(The storm) really didn't affect our side of town all that much," Davis said. "We didn't have electricity for a while, but our house didn't suffer any damage or anything like that."

Davis and the Wildcats only missed one game due to the storm, a tilt against Baytown Lee originally scheduled for Sept. 12, and currently sit at 2-4 on the season heading into this week's District 24-5A contest against Clute Brazoswood.

"I haven't had that many opportunities to make plays because teams just aren't throwing my way much," Davis said. "The good news is that we are only giving up about 38 yards per game passing so we are doing pretty good."

One thing that has helped the Longhorns this season is the success of their most recent recruiting classes have had in building a good rapport among themselves by the time they enrolled in school. Davis says that thus far the 2009 class is no different.

"We have built really good relationships," Davis said. "We have had no problems bonding."

Davis will get a head start on some of the fellow members of his signing class as he plans on enrolling in January and participating in spring practice. While being absent in the spring time for seniors could mean missing the final chances to play basketball or baseball, run track and attend prom, Davis has no regrets about his decision, citing the play of true freshmen such as Blake Gideon.

"It shows that you can come in early and make an impact and I'm pretty sure I could," said Davis. "I don't see any disadvantages at all. I can come in and go through work outs and get a chance to learn things while getting bigger, stronger and faster."

The Longhorns' current No. 1 ranking in the BCS and gives them the inside track in the national title hunt, which pleases Davis.

"It's definitely a great feeling," Davis said. "It just reassures me that I made the right decision."

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