UVA Lands Commitment

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UVA has received a commitment from Eleanor Roosevelt(Greenbelt, MD) DB/RB prospect Thierrien “Bud” Davis. Davis becomes the 14th prospect to commit to the ‘Hoos for the 2004 recruiting class.

“Yeah, he called me about 12:30 today and he was wrapping up his visit to Virginia,” Eleanor Roosevelt Head Coach Rick Houchens said. “He told me then that he had gone ahead and committed to Virginia. I think it was just the total overall package that Bud liked. They just had the right stuff. He felt Coach Groh is just the right coach for him. They have such a strong academic record there, and Bud’s such a great student as well. Also he’ll have a chance to play in the ACC and play against some of his teammates. He knows he has a chance to compete for early playing time, which is another big factor. Another thing is that UVA is just two hours from home.

“I’m thoroughly excited for him and for one of my players to go to Virginia. Coach [Al] Groh is an excellent coach and such a stand-up guy. He spoke at our football banquet last February and really took the time to meet the parents and everyone. Our players really got a chance to see what he was like. It’s a great two-way pick for both sides. Groh and company are first class, and I’ll guarantee that Bud is going to develop into a good one. He has that burning desire to be the best.”

At 6-1, 190 pounds, Davis played tailback and safety for Eleanor Roosevelt. The Cavaliers are recruiting Davis to play the safety position. As a senior, he rushed for over 1,400 yards on offense, and was very productive on defense according to Houchens.

A speedster, Davis can run a 4.33 in the 40 yard dash. He is an excellent track athlete as well, as he has run a 10.65 in the 100 meters during the Morgan Invitational last year. His speed and ability helped him earn offers from Virginia, Penn State, Marshall, and Duke. Tennessee and Florida were expressing interest as well.

“I think I’ll get some calls tomorrow from some of the other schools asking about Bud,” Houchens said. “They were all really interested in him…the Penn State’s, the Tennessee’s, and the Florida’s. I think he’s done now though. He’s not going to take any more visits.”