Speedy Back Gaining Major Attention

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Before this season, Thierrien Davis had never started at tailback for Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Last season, he was the primary back-up, but never cracked the starting position.

Things changed this season, when the player they call Bud became the starting tailback and thrived in his new role. Eleanor Roosevelt Head Coach Rick Houchens was very pleased with Davis’ success as a senior.

“He was probably one of the biggest surprises for us this season,” Houchens said of Davis. “He really helped us go deep into the playoffs this year. He’s one of the top backs in Maryland. In my opinion, he may be the most versatile back in the state…he can run and he is a great receiver. Bud plays low, he’s physical, and very elusive. He’s also very fast. He has run a 4.33 in the 40 before. He’s one of those 100 meter guys…in fact, he ran a 10.65 at the Morgan Invitational.”

As a senior, Davis rushed for over 1,400 yards on just 153 carries and had 380 yards receiving, scoring 13 touchdowns. His off-the-field credentials are just as impressive, as he boasts a 3.57 grade point average and has scored 1,180 on the SAT’s.

“What also makes him so special is his intelligence,” Houchens said. “He is just gifted academically. He picks everything up so quickly, both on and off the field. And he has an unbelievable desire to be the best. His work ethic is among the best I’ve seen. Following the season, when most guys took at least some time off to rest, Davis was in here lifting weights. He’s just a special person as well.”

So far, Davis has earned scholarship offers from Virginia, Marshall, and Duke, with Florida, Penn State, Pittsburgh, and Clemson showing significant interest. Davis is set to make official visits to Duke this weekend, Marshall on the 16th, Virginia on the 23rd, and Florida on the 30th (not set right now).

Of the schools involved, Coach Houchens mentioned three favorites for Davis.

“I would say his favorite schools are Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Penn State at the top with Marshall, Florida, and Clemson right behind those three,” Houchens said. “He just wants to take his visits, see who offers him, and make his decision. I think he’ll have a few more offers to choose from very soon as the recruiting period draws to an end. Florida really likes him…they are on the verge of offering.”