NCF Nation: Bo Davis

The discussion comes up every year, especially in years like 2008, 2009 and 2011 when the Big 12 mounts a serious threat at toppling the SEC's run of national title wins.

So what separates the two leagues? TCU coach Gary Patterson was asked the question this weekend. He's a Big 12 newcomer, and his answer confirms what you've probably heard before, but from one more source.

"There are a lot of good players every where else. If you look at the NFL per capita, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi they put out more NFL players than anywhere else in the country," Patterson told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It's the body types in the regions of the United States that make a difference, too. You are going to find the skill players, but what we don't have as much in this state is the size of bodies of offensive and defensive linemen that the southeast part of the United States has. It's the gene pool."

I agree with Patterson. In the high-stakes games we've seen in the past few years, beefy linemen like Nick Fairley at Auburn and Marcell Dareus at Alabama have proved too much for spread offenses like Oregon and Texas.

But for those across the Big 12, Patterson's latter comments should be cause for concern.

Texas brought Bo Davis from Alabama to coach the team's defensive tackles and Stacy Searels to coach the offensive line. This year, both Davis and Searels will have junior-college transfers to coach.

Traditionally, the more mature-bodied talents show up on campus ready to contribute and have been staples of championship SEC defenses.

Texas' Brandon Moore has been described by teammates as "unstoppable" this offseason. Apparently, word has gotten out.

"Alabama is playing with 350-pound guys. Like the guy who just transferred to Texas; he's 6-7, 340. They ain't had 6-7, 340 guy forever that can run like he does," Patterson said. "(The state of Texas) has skill players. It doesn't matter whether it's 1-A or 5-A, they can all run. I'm not knocking what we do here at all. It's just a different body type."

Patterson's right, but could Texas be the first step in a changing game? Moore and offensive lineman Donald Hawkins are just the first.

Will they be the last? If either has a big impact, you better believe there's no way others won't follow suit, and we could see a whole lot of Big 12 teams gunning for those highly recruited jucos in the South.
Recruiting Nation scoured every league and named the recruiter of the year in each conference.

Who landed the honor in the Big 12?

Bo Davis of Texas.

Writes Recruiting Nation:
Bo Davis settled right in for the Longhorns and did very well in his first season as a recruiter for Mack Brown and Texas. His impact was immediate as ESPNU 150 defensive end Torshiro Davis (Shreveport, La./Woodlawn) signed with Texas on signing day instead of LSU, where he had been a longtime commit. These are battles LSU doesn't normally lose to Texas. Davis was also responsible for landing junior college standout Brandon Moore (Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi C.C.), who originally signed with Alabama out of high school two years ago. Davis also had a key hand in the Longhorns getting defensive end Caleb Bluiett (Beaumont, Texas/West Brook) and defensive tackle Paul Boyette Jr. (Humble, Texas/Humble) on signing day. Davis, who is from Louisiana, is a big reason Texas, which normally isn't very active late in the process, made some big, late moves.
Honorable mention: Stacy Searels, Texas; Joe Wickline, Oklahoma State; Terrell Williams, Texas A&M; David Yost, Missouri.

No doubt an impressive haul for a Texas team bringing in lots of talent once again. We'll see how well each develops.

Longhorns swipe a top defender from LSU

February, 1, 2012
Texas already had the nation's No. 2 recruiting class. Could they overtake Alabama at No. 1?

The Longhorns grabbed one more ESPNU 150 signee in defensive end Torshiro Davis, who had been committed to LSU since Feb. 3, 2011.

Davis (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) is the No. 12 defensive end and No. 77 prospect overall in the ESPNU 150.

From William Wilkerson at HornsNation:
The Longhorns have long been on Davis' radar because of the relationship he has with Texas defensive tackles coach Bo Davis. The two met at an Alabama summer camp the summer going into Torshiro's sophomore year when Bo Davis was the Crimson Tide's defensive ends coach.

The two have maintained a close bond since then, as Torshiro has always appreciated the straightforward approach Bo Davis has given him.

However, this decision comes as a surprise if you consider that Bo Davis called former Woodlawn coach DeCarlos Holmes to cancel a scheduled in-home visit on Jan. 23.

"He's going to LSU," Holmes told HornsNation. "The coach said they're not going to waste any more time and they're going to let him honor his commitment and basically they're not going to keep trying to beat a dead horse."

So much for that.

A huge pickup for yet another huge class for Texas.

Davis became the fourth player since Saturday to switch his non-binding verbal pledge to Texas. Dalton Santos (Van, Texas/Van) switched over from Tennessee. Daje Johnson (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson) flipped from TCU and Bryce Cottrell (Plano, Texas/West) switched over from Oregon.

The Longhorns now have 12 of the nation's top 150 prospects in their class.
Manny Diaz, the defensive coordinator at Mississippi State, has been hired for the same job at Texas, confirming multiple reports throughout the day on Wednesday.

"I was very flattered when I heard from Coach [Mack] Brown about this tremendous opportunity," Diaz said in a news release. "It was not something I sought out, but Coach Brown called, was very complimentary of our season and asked if I was interested in talking. I was very interested immediately. I'm really looking forward to being a part of a great team and staff. That all starts with Coach Brown and everything he's done to make Texas great. Just having the chance to be a cog in that wheel is really exciting to me."

Diaz is Texas' third hire after five positions came open at the end of the season. Bo Davis, previously at Alabama, has been hired to coach defensive tackles. Darrell Wyatt, previously at Kansas, has been hired to coach receivers.

The hire also means that Texas' defensive staff is set for the 2011 season.

"After an extensive search, including conversations with head coaches and offensive coordinators around the country, Manny's name continued to come up," Brown said. "He's a bright, young coach who brings a lot of energy to our program. Manny's been a tremendous staff person everywhere he has been, and he will fit in perfectly with our guys here. When you add him and Bo (Davis) to Duane (Akina) and Oscar (Giles), that's a defensive staff I'm really excited about moving forward with."
Texas has hired Alabama defensive tackles coach Bo Davis to coach the same position for the Longhorns.

"We're really excited that Bo decided to join our staff," Longhorns coach Mack Brown said in a release. "He is a tremendous young coach who brings energy, enthusiasm and toughness to our program. His players have had a great deal of success, and he has been a part of some of the best defenses and teams in the nation throughout his career."

Davis played at LSU before joining the strength and conditioning staff in 2002. He coached with Nick Saban at LSU before following him to the Miami Dolphins and back to the SEC West at Alabama in 2006.

"I owe all of the credit for this opportunity to Nick Saban," Davis said. "I’ve been with him for eight years and he’s a phenomenal man. I’ve learned so much from him and really appreciate the opportunity I had to work with him."

Brown spoke with Saban before extending the offer to Davis, and emphasized the relationship as well.

"Bo was really fortunate to have Nick Saban as a mentor for most of his career," Brown said. "I've known and respected Nick for a long time and any time you can hire a coach who has had the opportunity to learn from him, you're getting a great football coach. Nick spoke very highly of Bo, and we're thrilled to have him at Texas."

With the addition of Davis, Texas now has just three coaching positions left to fill, including both an offensive and defensive coordinator. Davis is the second hire for the Longhorns this offseason. Texas hired receivers coach Darrell Wyatt earlier this week.