Maryland football starts its season in 37 days. Until then, we're profiling every player on the roster in our Profiles in Terpage series.
Terrance Davis, offensive guard
Weight: 320 pounds
High school: DeMatha Catholic (Md.)
Jersey number: 75
How Davis got to College Park
Davis is the best-rated of Maryland’s 20-some true freshmen on this year’s roster. He was the consensus No. 3 guard in the class of 2016 and the No. 2 player in Maryland, and he represented the single biggest catch in Maryland’s newfound recruiting success at local power DeMatha.
He committed to Maryland on Jan. 2, at halftime of the Under Armour All-America Game, in which he played. His addition was the cherry on top of a really strong three-year run of offensive line recruiting for Maryland, which leaves that unit as perhaps the best Maryland has got for the next few years.
High school highlights
Davis has the look of a mauler.
This is complicated, but this is simple.
Davis is one of the best offensive line signees in the country. But this is the Big Ten, and offensive line true freshmen don’t usually do much more than redshirt. No one outside Maryland’s administration can say with any real authority whether Davis will push for playing time immediately, but the odds (from my vantage point, anyway) are against it. The Terps have a decent bit of offensive line depth this year.
On another hand, rules are made to have exceptions. If Maryland’s going to have one, it’s probably Davis. He’s very serious.
What a dream season would look like
Davis is good enough to play right away, and he does so in such a way that doesn’t stunt his development and sets him up to be an all-conference player as a sophomore.
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