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November 9, 2012

Davis in elite company with Army Bowl invite

MORE: U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Deoundrei Davis attended the U.S. Army All-American Bowl as a spectator as a freshman. Then and there Davis told a friend, who currently serves in the U.S. Army, that he would one day participate in the game.

There have been a lot of hard days, and there has been some doubt here and there, but Davis never wavered in his desire. Friday, in front of his peers at Cypress (Texas) Cy Woods, the standout linebacker reached his goal as he was presented as a U.S. Army All-American.

"It's a great honor to be considered one of the best and be able to play in the Army All-American game. It's an unbelievable honor and I'm proud of it," Davis said.

Following his junior season, as buzz began to build about the 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker, Davis began to think he had a chance to play in the Alamodome in San Antonio. Still, when he was told of his selection he could not believe it. Who could blame him? As a linebacker, becoming an Army All-American put Davis among the likes of Derrick Johnson, Brian Cushing, Brandon Spikes and Arthur Brown.

"That's another honor to be among those names and be considered to be in their league as a player," Davis said.

Over the course of his career, Davis has had many honors bestowed upon him. He is a four-star, Rivals100 prospect. Oklahoma, LSU and Alabama each offered scholarships. For Davis, the Army All-American honor is up there with the top of the top honors he has ever received.

"This is right after getting a scholarship from the University of Texas and being able to go there," Woods said. "This is so far one of the best things to happen to me in my high school career."

Since committing to Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns in February schools have continued to pursue, but Davis has been unwavering in his pledge.

"I am 100-percent Texas and that is not going to change," Davis said. "The tradition and being able to play there and represent my state where I was raised is a dream come true."

As he stood at the podium with his Army All-American jersey on, Davis still had trouble putting his feelings into words. Another day, another dream fullfilled.

"It's a surreal feeling to see my dreams coming true as I planned them from a young kid to now," Davis said. "It's incredible."

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