June 4, 2011

Double-legacy headed to UT camp on Sunday

It didn't take long before Dannon Cavil started turn heads after moving to Lake Travis before the 2010 football season.

Cavil moved to Austin from Memphis where he played at White Station High School. He was a quarterback growing up, taking home the Quarterback MVP honors at the National Underclassmen Combine in Memphis, Tenn., last summer. He was noted for his performance in one-on-one drills and he tested off the charts with a 31-inch vertical, a 9-1 broad jump, and a 4.62 forty-yard dash time.

When he moved to Texas before the season, Lake Travis had Texas Tech-bound Michael Brewer leading the charge and starting safety Colin LaGasse behind him if anything happened. So Cavil found a place and left his mark.

"He came in and we asked him to play a couple of different positions because of injury and he had a great season and several touchdowns on some deep balls," Lake Travis head coach Hank Carter said. "He's a really physical receiver so he's done well."

""There was a hole to be filled when Connor (Floyd) got hurt and I stepped it up as a sophomore," Cavil said. "This year I'm hoping to do bigger and better things."

As a sophomore (his first at receiver), Cavil recorded 21 receptions for 425 yards and five touchdowns, and as he adjusted to his new role he quickly figured out there were a few things that just came naturally.

"Extending the field and long balls. I also have good hands so I can be a possession guy," Cavil said. "I'm a playmaker."

In addition to his receiving yardage he also added eight rushes for 110 yards and two scores on his way 25-4A Newcomer of the Year honors.

It comes as no surprise that the 6-5, 205-pound receiver quickly became a standout in one of the top programs in all of Texas. His father Michael Cavil was defensive back for Texas in the 80s and his cousin Kwame Cavil is one of the most prolific receivers in Texas history.

"There's a little expectation to be playing at," Cavil, who is currently ranked No.25 in the 2013 LSR Rankings, said of having the Cavil name on the back of his jersey, "but they help me out with everything and give me everything I need."

Since he moved a lot he had a chance to grow up in several states, and as a result he became a fan of a few different programs. However, his father and cousin always made sure he knew about the Longhorns.

"LSU, Florida, and I'm a big SEC fan, but since Kwame and my dad went to Texas and played it's a hometown favorite," Cavil said.

On Sunday, Cavil will camp at Texas and then he will camp at Baylor (June 12) and SMU (June 8). In addition to the Longhorns, Bears, and Mustangs he has also received quite a bit of interest from Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and TCU.

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