UVA received its 14th verbal commitment from one of the top “sleeper” prospects in the 2004 recruiting class in Thierrien “Bud” Davis, a 6-1, 190 pound safety prospect from Eleanor Roosevelt High School (Greenbelt, MD).
Davis committed to Virginia shortly before he left Charlottesville yesterday, during a meeting with Head Coach Al Groh.
“Yes I did commit,” Davis said. “I’m real excited. I really liked the campus. Virginia had everything I was looking for. I liked the players, the coaches, and the students. I talked to all of them and liked them all. My host was Alvin Pearman, and I also hung out with Wali Lundy and Lance [Evans]. All of the players were very tightly knit…like a family.”
Davis, who played safety and tailback as a senior, possesses the size and speed to be successful on the next level. He has been timed at 4.33 in the 40 yard dash. In track, he posted a 10.65 time in the 100 meters during last year’s Morgan Invitational.
UVA is recruiting Davis to play safety.
“They are recruiting my as a safety,” Davis said. “They said they are not deep at that position, so I think there’s definitely a chance I could play early. I’m just looking for a chance to play my first year, to show what I can do.”
Davis was a big-time sleeper prospect primarily because his senior season was his first chance to show his abilities as a full-time starter. He didn’t waste his chance, rushing for over 1,400 yards on the year.
Many Division I-A programs have taken notice of him recently, as Davis has received scholarship offers from Virginia, Penn State, Marshall, and Duke. He has also received interest from Tennessee and Florida, both of whom were interested in having him make an official visit according to ERHS Head Coach Rick Houchens.
Even with the recent attention, Davis is solid on UVA and will not make any more official visits.
“I’m done,” Davis said. “I’m finished. I’m not making any more visits.”
Academically, Davis is an excellent student. He carries a 3.57 grade point average and has scored an 1,180 on his SAT’s. He is undecided as to what his major will be.
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