Top D.C. player opts for Terps

Tight end Davis picks UM over Virginia, Florida

College Football

February 01, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

WASHINGTON - Maryland's football team landed its second top 100 recruit yesterday when Vernon Davis of Washington's Dunbar High announced he would sign with the Terps next week.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Davis, ranked the No. 3 tight end and the No. 56 player overall by ESPN's Tom Lemming, also considered Virginia and Florida before choosing to follow fellow former Dunbar players Marcus Wimbush and James Lynch to Maryland.

Earlier, Maryland received a commitment from Gwynn Park linebacker Wesley Jefferson, regarded as the nation's top prep player at his position. The school is also in the hunt for Gilman's top prospects, Victor Abiamiri (defensive lineman) and Ambrose Wooden (quarterback and defensive back).

Davis said he was encouraged by the haul the program may produce when players sign letters of intent on Feb. 5.

"It says we're going to win the national championship," said Davis, who caught 21 passes for 511 yards and five touchdowns. "No doubt about that."

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