2014 Commit – Marcus Davenport
What a wild two weeks it has been for UTSA in recruiting. It has been a phase plagued by a string of decomittments and spurned recruits. Good news has certainly been hard to come by the past few days as Roadrunner fans have watched their program lose out on top-flight athletes like Travin Howard, Tank Kelly, John Cole Neph, Daniel Gresham, and Jared McGee. It’s been hard to keep track of this class with so much action so hopefully my list of commitments below is accurate.
The latest addition to this list is a local product that has been on the staff’s radar for a very long time. Marcus Davenport is a 6’6″, 210 pound defensive end out of Stevens High School that reminds me of former Roadrunner Marlon Smith. Both of these lengthy defensive ends were basketball players whose length and quickness helped them to become imposing pass rushers. Smith and Davenport both have slender frames– whether or not Davenport is able to put on weight more effectively than Smith remains to be seen. Davenport’s highlights show a propensity for knocking down passes at the line of scrimmage, a technique that Marlon Smith had down-pat during his time at UTSA.
I find the arc of Davenport’s recruitment to UTSA to be an interesting one. Marcus was originally identified as a potential wide receiver at the next level by the coaching staff at UTSA’s junior day last year. Several months went by without the staff extending Davenport an offer, as the staff focused their efforts on defensive ends like Myles Mouton, Xavier Washington, and Kolin Hill. As their options at defensive end seemed to dwindle, the staff switched their perception of Davenport and decided to bring him in for an official visit, eventually flipping his commitment from UNLV. Of course, the staff could still view Davenport as a wide receiver and expect him to fill the role of possession receiver left by the decommitment of Neph. I expect Davenport to get his first crack at defensive end but it will be interesting to see if the staff will have him try out at wide receiver as well. As I’ve been preaching throughout the entire recruiting cycle, versatility is the key to success for this class and Davenport definitely gives the staff options moving forward. It’s also nice to have a San Antonio kid on the commitment list at last.
Stay tuned in as National Signing Day approaches. Maybe we’ll do a podcast?
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2014 UTSA Commitments
Blake Bogenschutz QB – Carthage HS (6’0”, 175, 4.64)
Kevin Strong DT – Cleveland HS (6’2”, 280, 5.1)
Cameron Oliver TE – Owasso (OK) (6’4”, 235)
David Anzaldua OT – North Edinburgh HS (6’7”, 320, 5.1)
Kerry Thomas WR – A&M Consolidated HS (6’1”, 192)
Greg Campbell WR – Atascocita HS (6’0”, 175, 4.43)
Justin Todd LB – Oakleaf HS (FL) (6’1”, 224, 4.59)
Marcus Davenport DE – Stevens HS (6’6”, 210, 4.6)
A UTSA alumnus that has been cast away to Austin, Jared enjoys live music and a craft beer. He thinks four verts is the best play in football but loves a QB sneak on fourth and inches. Twitter