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Florida wide receiver commits to Maryland

Maryland football added yet another piece to its 2015 recruiting class Friday with the commitment of Florida wide receiver Jahrvis Davenport.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Davenport, who plays at Robinson High in Tampa, has made considerable strides since beginning to pick up interest last summer. Carrying more than 20 0ffers, he visited Maryland on Thursday, just a day after he had flown into Huntington, W.V. to visit Marshall.

Davenport admitted that he had never heard of the Terps’ star receivers, Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, before he arrived in College Park. But he said he caught a glimpse of the pair working out and viewed a highlight tape while visiting, hoping that he could have the same kind of impact once he arrives next summer.

“They’re really both outstanding,” Davenport said.

While Davenport noted his best 40-yard dash is in the 4.5 second range, his highlight tapes indicate he has exceptional speed and vision in the open field. He played just two games on junior varsity his freshman season before moving up full time, and he has been a productive player in one of the Florida’s most competitive high school football district since. He played one year of little league football in third grade, he said, but didn’t pick it back up until his ninth grade year in 2011.

“I really didn’t know I was going to play college football,” Davenport said.

Davenport’s commitment continues Maryland’s June recruiting frenzy. The Terps have now had four prospects commit in the past week, including a pair of linebackers Thursday night. Maryland has received 10 pledges since June 7.

College Park struck him as a place he could build a life should football not work out after college, he said, but in the interim it seems like the perfect place to land.

“I thought about it…maybe it means something,” Davenport said of Maryland’s June recruiting spree. “Maybe they’re onto something big.”

Here are highlights of Davenport:

Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.



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Roman Stubbs · June 20, 2014