A recurring series where we will profile every player on Maryland's roster, counting down to kick-off against William & Mary on September 1. Thanks to OBNUG for the idea.
Today we profile a small-school star from DC.
Sean Davis, Freshman, Cornerback
Twitter: None that I could find.
Collegiate Stats: N/A
High School Stats (Senior Year): 162 tackles, three forced fumbles, three interceptions (one for a touchdown), 78 carries for 823 yards and seven touchdowns, 38 receptions for 601 yards and five touchdowns, three kickoff returns and two punt returns for touchdowns
Recruiting Ratings: Three stars (#5 in DC) by Rivals, three stars (#57 CB) by Scout, three stars (#3 in DC, #30 CB) by 24/7, two stars (#9 in DC, #101 CB) by ESPN
High School: Maret School
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
High School Highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
The Maret School has about 600 students, K through 12 (300 in the upper level), and their mascot is the Fighting Frogs (it was founded as a French school in the early 20th century). It's about as unlikely a source for Division I talent as there is for high schools in the U.S., but it's where Sean Davis starred - as a cornerback, safety, running back, and wide receiver.
As a freshman, Davis weighed just 125 pounds and was around 5'8", but grew to a 6'1", 175 pound corner by his senior year. He first met Randy Edsall at a Connecticut camp when he was a junior, and then sealed an offer at a Maryland camp last year after impressing with a 4.42 40.
Those stats are just insane - 18 total touchdowns as a senior - and as a skill player, youexpect him to be just faster than everyone else. Well, he is, but he's also bigger than everyone else, a welcome surprise that points to success at the next level.
Davis was offered by North Carolina, Boston College, Connecticut and Marshall, and received interest from Virginia, Temple and Duke.
Sean "Chili" Davis. It's his real nickname, and it's better than whatever I would have come up with.
Signing with Maryland.
Davis breaks through, beating the odds and nabbing the nickel back spot.
As we've been over a few times now, Maryland is certainly lacking in corner depth. There's starters Dexter McDougle and Jeremiah Johnson, but beyond that there's injured redshirt freshman Makinton Dorleant, JuCo transfer Isaac Goins, and walk-on transfer Anthony Perry as the only players in spring ball. The smart money's on one of the incoming freshmen - Alvin Hill or Sean Davis to get some significant playing time, and my guess is Davis.
Despite his small school background, Davis has the size, the speed, and certainly the history of productivity to warrant at least an early look at the field. With the extreme lack of depth Maryland has at corner this year, anything's possible, up to and including a true freshman at the nickel back slot. Davis is a great fit there, and we'll see if he gets the opportunity. The main thing holding him back will be his lack of experience - Goins has two years of JuCo ball on him and an entire spring semester of practice, and Dorleant has obviously been with the program for a year already.
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