Davis Raves About UMD, Rates Official A 9.5

Maryland hosted two of its top targets for an official visit Sept. 13-14, and at least one of them came away raving. Lakewood (St. Petersburg, Fla.) receiver Ryan Davis, who plays quarterback for his high school team, took in College Park, Md., for the second time and rated this last trip a “9.5 out of 10.”

Maryland hosted two of its top targets for an official visit Sept. 13-14, and at least one of them came away raving. Lakewood (St. Petersburg, Fla.) receiver Ryan Davis, who plays quarterback for his high school team, took in College Park, Md., for the second time and rated this last trip a “9.5 out of 10.”

“I loved everything about Maryland – everything,” said Davis, who also has Florida and Florida State under prime consideration, with Kentucky, Ole Miss and Miami also in play. “The coaches, the players, the campus, the atmosphere – it was all great. I’m building relationships with everyone up there and they all showed me a lot of love. I could definitely see myself there.”

Davis, who visited along with five-star defensive end Byron Cowart (Armwood/Seffner, Fla.), was hosted by current Maryland wideout Stefon Diggs. Cowart, meanwhile, had Terps receiver Deon Long as a host, and the quartet spent the majority of the visit together.

“We were all together, and it was a great time with Stef and Deon,” the 5-foot-9.5, 170-pound Davis said. “I have a good relationship with them already. We text all the time, talk on Twitter, all that good stuff. They’re great guys and they were telling me about Maryland, the offense, what it’s like there. I really liked what they were saying to me about the program and about the school. I had a whole lot of fun with them too.”

The Florida receiver said the time he spent with the UMD coaches resonated as well. His recruiter, Mike Locksley, had a strong rapport with Davis already, but this official allowed him to connect with head coach Randy Edsall, receivers’ coach Keenan McCardell and other staff members such as Ryan Steinberg, who Davis said did a great job coordinating the visit.

“The coaches there are awesome; they’re all really good guys, and I feel like I could play for them. Coach McCardell was in the NFL and he knows his stuff, and Coach Edsall is a great guy too,” Davis said. “And Coach Locks, I love him. He’s my guy. He said I could come in right away and contribute, and he said if Stef stays another year it could be me and him in the slot together for a year. That would be real nice.”

Davis went on to laud the campus, the student-body, as well as the steak restaurant where the group ate (“oh, it was fancy. Great food,” he said). He also thoroughly enjoyed the Maryland-West Virginia football game, even though the Terps lost on a last-second field goal, 40-37.

“Great game, really intense, crowd was into it,” Davis said. “I really liked the atmosphere and all, and I really enjoyed myself. I thought Maryland played well, they just couldn’t come out with the ‘W.’”

The Lakewood product also mentioned that his fellow Sunshine State official visitor, Cowart, took to the Terps as well. Davis couldn’t say exactly where the five-star end stands with UMD, but “he loved it. Byron really loved it too. He really liked what he saw, and we both had a lot of fun.”

Davis did mention that his father, who is integral in the recruiting process, has not seen Maryland yet, but plans to at some point. Davis said sometime in the next month he and his father may actually fly back up to College Park.

“My dad really likes Maryland too and he wants to visit there,” Davis said. “He’s not going to let me choose a school unless he sees it first. So we’re planning that out now, but we’re still setting up a date.”

Next up for Davis, though, is a trip to Florida State Sept. 20 for the Clemson game, and another Oct. 18 for the FSU-Notre Dame bout. He also wants to take in Florida when it plays LSU Oct. 11 and Nov. 15 when it plays South Carolina.

After that, he said he should be ready to make a decision “possibly before my season ends.”

Davis, of course, has long been considered a Gators lean. He’s visited Gainesville four times since August, after all, and is planning to return twice for games this fall.

But after taking in Maryland, he said the Terps are right up there with Florida and also FSU.

“Maryland, they’re real high, real high,” Davis said. “I’m real high on the program and the direction they’re headed.”

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