Maret senior defensive back Sean Davis was already an interesting story: a player who went from obscurity at his small District private school to nabbing four major college football scholarship offers and eventually signing with Maryland as part of its 2012 recruiting class.
But there’s another wrinkle. Davis is a two-sport standout, and is hoping to play baseball as well for the Terps next year as well. Davis’s relationship with Maryland Coach Randy Edsall wasn’t the only factor why he chose the Terrapins.
“Coach Edsall said that I could [play baseball] but as long as I stayed with my schoolwork and didn’t fall behind because baseball misses [class] a lot, I can do it,” Davis said.
On the football field, Davis was Maret’s most dynamic player last season, taking snaps under center as a running back and also lining up as a receiver and playing safety on defense. He rushed 78 times for 823 yards and seven touchdowns and caught 38 balls for 601 yards and five touchdowns.
On the baseball field, Davis is a speedy and athletic center fielder. At Sunday’s D.C. High School Baseball Classic at Nationals Park, he made a handful of solid defensive plays in a 6-5 win over Wilson, including a full horizontal diving catch in the fourth inning. This spring, he hit one home run and drove in 10 runs.
Davis, a Prince George’s County resident who has been playing baseball since he was 4 years old, said he will still have to tryout for the baseball team next year. And if he makes it, he wants to play — at least his freshman season.
As he was being recruited by football coaches last summer, Davis made it clear he wanted to opportunity to play baseball in college before he committed to the school. Some schools were receptive, such as Boston College and Maryland, and others were not, such as North Carolina.
“That kind of favored my decision to Maryland,” he said. “I wanted to have the option to play two sports.”