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New Vols Commit Brandon Davis Gives UT Depth, Ball-Hawking Prowess

Tennessee received a new commitment from a cornerback from New Orleans on Monday. Brandon Davis, a three-star prospect from John Curtis High School, announced his commitment via twitter in the late afternoon.

Obviously, Davis is directly addressing the Vols’ big need for cornerback depth. He’s listed as 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds, which could be problematic in his early period on campus. With his build, it seems that he will simply be a source of depth in his first year. However, after putting on some weight, Davis will likely see playing time as early as his sophomore year in the defensive bavk rotation.

He is listed as the 157th-ranked corner in the country, but his highlights show promise in the form of his technique.

While watching Davis’ film, the first words that come to mind would be “twitchy” and “sharp.” He does not have the speed to be on an island with a wideout, but his short and mid-range defense is his strong suit.

His “twitch” comes from defending receivers as they break on their routes, and he is constantly making pass deflections five to 20 yards downfield. As a tackler, Davis is great at making his way through traffic with his twitch and has a knack for finding the ball or the ball carrier.

With a background as a baseball player, he possesses great ball skills, and makes remarkable plays on passes whether on just deflections or picking passes off. As a defender, Davis shows a bit of sharp play by dissecting route combinations and is great at reading receivers’ hips, which gives defenders the first idea of where they are going.

Even if Davis does not see the field as much as desired in Knoxville, he is a quality asset addition to the Vols’ depth. He shows that he is a smart player and will be able to assist others once he gains experience with the team at the collegiate level. When he does finally see the field, Vol fans should get excited, because coming into college with a high football IQ can truly take his game to another level. Davis needs to make some physical adjustments before and after he arrives on campus, but once he does, his future will be bright. Hopefully, Davis continues to be a student of the game and shines in Knoxville as a volunteer.

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