UPDATED: Maret defensive back Sean Davis, who went from obscurity at his small District private school to nabbing four major college football scholarship offers, has verbally committed to Maryland.
Davis, who committed on Tuesday night, said he was excited to be part of Randy Edsall’s first recruiting class in College Park. Davis, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior who projects as a cornerback in college, was recruited by Edsall’s assistant Lyndon Johnson.
“I think I was better-connected to the coaches and they have great history,” Davis said. “And I want to be the best corner that I can be and I have to be coached by the best.”
Because Maret isn’t known for its football pedigree, Davis made a name for himself at camps over the summer at the campuses of colleges such as Maryland and North Carolina, whose coaches didn’t even have him on their recruiting list. The Terrapins offered Davis after he performed well at one of their camps in late June.
No colleges coaches came to any of his high school games last fall, Davis said.
Davis, a Prince George’s County native, had a feeling that he was a Division I-quality player but as a sophomore he was worried that he wouldn’t get noticed by those schools. But it also provided extra motivation to push harder at camps and workouts.
“I just knew I belonged in the mix with that,” he said. “I’m just glad it all paid off.”
Davis, perhaps Maret’s most heavily recruited player ever, also had offers from Boston College, Connecticut and North Carolina, as well as schools such as Towson, James Madison, Ohio and Marshall.
Last season, Davis was Maret’s most dynamic player, taking snaps under center as a running back and also lining up as a receiver. In five games, he rushed 45 times for 492 yards and six touchdowns and caught 24 balls for 381 yards and two touchdowns.
Davis made an unofficial to Boston College last weekend but he had gotten comfortable with Maryland at what it offered him. He’s close to home. The academics are what he was looking for. And he wanted to be part of something new under Edsall.
“I feel like [Edsall] can do a lot more in a bigger conference,” Davis said. “I feel hand-picked from a bunch of special guys.”