Despite the fact that Texas Longhorns receiver Mike Davis tweeted earlier this week that he is staying in Austin for his senior year, the junior must have had a change of heart. This afternoon rumors are swirling that he has instead chosen to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
I would never begrudge a young man for leaving college to fulfill his dream of playing at the next level, however, too many times we see kids leave school early only to find, too late, that they were not prepared.
In Davis’ case, he could have benefited for another season.
This year, Davis finally showed signs of greatness. For the first time, we saw the reason he was so highly rated coming out of high school. Davis was the Longhorns’ lead receiver this season, barely missing the 1,000 yard mark. He finished the year with 57 catches for 939 yards and seven touchdowns. He was the Horns most dangerous deep threat.
On the other hand, there were times this season that Davis simply disappeared for long stretches, often times when we was most needed. It’s difficult to say if this was due to the game plan, quarterback David Ash, or Davis himself. He dropped more passes than he should have, and he was incredibly inconsistent; nevertheless, the Longhorns will certainly miss him on the Forty Acres next season, as he was poised to have an even bigger year than last year. Fans have been waiting for him to have a break-out season, and he was on his way, yet not quite there. Yet.
Provided that Davis doesn’t sign with an agent, he still has time to change his mind. Either way, the Longhorn Nation wishes him the best of luck.
Update: Since the time of publishing, Davis appears to have had a change of heart. Read the latest update here.