Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Updated: May 24, 12:19 PM ET
Torshiro Davis Q&A
By Max Olson
Editor's note: Before Texas' 2012 recruiting class arrives on campus, HornsNation will talk with each of the incoming freshman one more time before their college careers begin.
|Torshiro Davis was a surprise signing day edition to Texas' 2012 recruiting class.|
Torshiro Davis stunned everyone -- except his mother, of course -- when he signed with Texas on Feb. 1, backing out of a nearly year-long commitment to LSU.
Now the four-star defensive end is preparing for his six-hour move from Shreveport, La., to Austin, and he'll arrive on campus on Monday with big expectations. Right now he couldn't be happier about his decision.
In an interview with HornsNation, Davis opened up about the difficult final days of his recruitment. He explained what made him have a change of heart about LSU, and also where he thinks he can make an impact in Texas' defense.
HornsNation: First off, we have to talk about signing day. Did you enjoy shocking the world?
Torshiro Davis: I mean, yeah, it was cool. I got to be on ESPN and everything. But all the little stuff on Twitter and Facebook, that was the bad part about it.
HN: How much did you actually talk to Les Miles and the LSU coaches on signing day?
TD: I called them before I signed, and they ended up putting the whole coaching staff on the phone. I told them it was going to be Texas. It was crazy. They said a lot of stuff, like that all my games are going to be so far away. I told them my mom didn't care, that she'll still come see me play. I wasn't worried about how far away I was.
HN: When did you know and decide that you were going to sign with Texas?
TD: Probably that weekend, after I went down to LSU the weekend before. Honestly, the way I see it, the national title game had nothing to do with it. I already knew they weren't going to beat Nick Saban twice in one year. I don't care who you've got, he's a good coach. You're not going to beat him twice in one year. But when I went down there, the vibe wasn't the same as at Texas.
HN: What was wrong with the vibe at LSU?
TD: It felt like the team was separated. You had the North Louisiana guys hanging out and then you had the South Louisiana guys hanging out. They don't really get with each other until it's time to practice or do something as a team. Everybody from North Louisiana is pretty much like me and laid back, they like to have fun when it's time to have fun. South Louisiana guys get a little wilder than North Louisiana guys.
HN: Was that divide something you hadn't noticed during your other visits, or was it a new problem?
TD: I had never really hung out with the guys as a team. When I was hanging out, it was never more than one or two of them at a time. I could sense it, and one of the guys I know actually came out and told me: 'That's just how it is down here.'
HN: Was it still difficult for you to pull off the switch and blindside the LSU coaches and fans?
TD: The decision itself was the hardest thing ever. From the beginning it was all fun and exciting, but when it comes down to the end and you have no more time and you have to make a decision, it's crazy. A million things run through your head, and you'll always wonder 'what if?'
HN: What did Texas do to reassure you that you were making the right choice?
TD: I guess it was when I talked to the coaches the next day after signing. They said, 'I'm glad you're a part of the family.' There's just something about Texas that I really can't explain. When I go down there and I talked to them, I feel at home.
HN: Looking back on it all, did you enjoy the recruiting process? Or did you end up hating it?
TD: The whole thing was amazing. It's just the last two or three days & in the end, there's so much pressure.
HN: You mentioned Twitter and Facebook. How angry were the LSU fans you heard from?
TD: Actually, I just found out about a week ago that some radio station down in Lafayette said I got a BMW and a whole bunch of money for signing with Texas. That was crazy. I told my mom that and she said, 'So you're holding out on me?' We just laughed about that.
HN: Were she and the rest of your relatives pretty supportive of your decision, even if it meant leaving Louisiana?
TD: My mom, she was cool with it. Honestly, my family is pretty close. As long as anybody is doing something good, we're going to support them. There wasn't a real big push for LSU. If I would've went to a juco school, my family would still be at the games cheering me on.
HN: Where do you think fit in this Texas defensive scheme?
TD: I'm a defensive end/linebacker. Really I feel like I play both, but I prefer defensive end. I guess it's just because I've been playing there so long. Ever since I picked up a football that's what I've been playing.
HN: What has Manny Diaz and the coaches told you about how they want to use you?
TD: They've basically said since I can play linebacker I can blitz inside guys, but I also can drop back in coverage. I played strongside and weakside in high school.
HN: Texas brings back its two starting defensive ends. Are you looking forward to working with Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat?
TD: Oh yeah, especially Jeffcoat. He's real cool. I met him while I was there on my official visit. I don't have anything against them, but I don't plan on playing behind them.
HN: Did the Texas coaches make you any promises about playing time when they were recruiting you?
TD: They've basically told me they're looking for me to play. At the same time, they're not going to give it to me. It all depends on how much work I put in during the summer.