Boyd, Davenport Headline Phoebus ’09 Class

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Defending Group AAA, Division 5 state champions, the Phoebus Phantoms open their 2007 season tomorrow night in a big-time match-up versus Maury. Head coach Bill Dee will certainly miss departed seniors such as OL Maurice Hampton (Maryland) and FB Haroon Brown (Maryland), but he returns a host of talented players led by top 2009 class prospects QB Tajh Boyd and DL/OL Dominik Davenport.

The 6-2, 200-pound Boyd completed 66 of 126 passes for 854 yards and nine touchdowns last season as a sophomore. From the end of the 2006 season until now, Boyd worked hard to improve his game. The result is more confidence heading into an important junior season.

“I did a lot of work in the offseason,” Boyd said. “People have told me I look better and to just keep it up, so that gave me more motivation to push. I still have to keep working, though.

“Right now, I feel like I still have to work on my reads a little more. But I feel like I’ve improved my speed, so I can make more plays.”

Boyd hit the camp/combine circuit as well this offseason, attending the Elite 11 Camp as well as the National Underclassmen Combine. At the NUC, he earned East 1 all-combine honors. He also attended one of Virginia Tech’s one-day camps.

“It was cool,” Boyd said of Tech’s camp. “The quarterbacks coach – Coach O’Cain – was cool. Coach Beamer was cool, too.”

Phoebus was well represented at the NUC, as Davenport also earned first-team East 1 all-combine honors.

“We feel we can compete with anyone,” Boyd said. “A lot of people underestimate us, but we prepare all the time so we’re always ready. Our coaches also don’t let us think we’re better than anybody. They do a good job of that to keep us working hard.”

The beginning of the junior year also marks the time when these talented juniors can begin receiving written scholarship offers. Boyd expects at least one official offer to come next week.

“I have a verbal offer from Boston College,”