Making The Rounds

North Shore QB Dematrius Davis making spring recruiting trips

North Shore QB Dematrius Davis making spring recruiting trips
The North Shore QB will be making multiple campus visits this month Vype

North Shore freshman quarterback Dematrius Davis busted onto the scene in 2017.

The freshman's first start at quarterback for Houston football power, North Shore, came in the first round of the playoffs.

Davis ended up guiding the Mustangs all the way to the Region III-6A Quarterfinals against Katy.

In Davis' four playoff games he passed for 814 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Davis completed 60 percent of his passes going 43 of 71 in those four games.

Thanks to that playoff surge, Davis has had a very busy offseason.

Davis competed at the Nike Football The Opening at Legacy Stadium in March, recently at the Rivals Three-Stripe camp and has been making visits.

Davis visited Texas and Texas A&M in February to start the tour. Last weekend, Davis went downtown to visit with the University of Houston and coach Major Applewhite and the next day traveled to Waco to check out Baylor.

"I like it, the coaches at these colleges talk to me in a good way giving me the feeling that I can play at the next level," Davis said about his recent visits.

Davis currently holds an official offer from Baylor and said coaches for the Bears talked to him the entire time about playing quarterback for them.

Davis is planning on visiting the University of Louisiana at Lafayette this weekend. Davis may also visit LSU as well since he will be in the state.

Davis told VYPE he will be visiting Rice University on April 21 as well.

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Extremely positive Yordan Alvarez update from Astros opens door for landmark year

It's a new year for the Houston Astros as they return to action for their first game of the spring against the Washington Nationals on Saturday.

Every season we see some adjustments to the roster which means we also see some changes in leadership. As Astros fans, we're all aware of Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker's contract situations. Breggy could be gone after the season, and Tucker could follow one year later.

Which means it's pretty clear who the leaders of the team will be for the foreseeable future. Not only are these guys two of the best players on the club, but they're also under contract for several more years. In Altuve's case, through the 2029 season. For Yordan, he won't sniff free agency until 2029.

While these guys aren't your typical vocal leaders, they are both highly respected and lead by example. Leadership is something that's front of mind for Yordan this season, according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome.

Another way to be a leader is to do everything you can to be available for your team. Alvarez changed his diet in the offseason hoping it will help him stay healthy this year.

Manager Joe Espada said Alvarez is fully healthy and he plans on playing him earlier than normal this spring.

Currently, Yordan is trending down in games played for three straight seasons. But he's such a great player that he needs fewer games to put up massive numbers.

He finished 3rd in MVP voting in 2022, and he only played in 135 games out of a possible 162.

So with that in mind, how many games does Yordan need to play this year to win an MVP?

Plus, who's going to protect him in the lineup? With new manager Joe Espada in place, it's hard to know what the lineup will look like.

One thing we do know, Espada immediately named Josh Hader his closer when spring training began. He also told the media that he wants Jeremy Pena to know where he's going to hit every day when he comes to the ballpark.

Espada values players knowing their roles, and getting comfortable in their routines. Something very different from last season when manager Dusty Baker moved Pena all over the lineup throughout the season.

So what does all this mean for Yordan?

Be sure to watch the video above as we break it all down!

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