One of Maryland’s foremost running back targets was back in College Park, Md., for the first time since DMV Day Feb. 13. Along with his teammates, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.) power-runner Tayon Fleet-Davis took in a spring practice March 29.
“That spring practice, man, I thought it was very intense,” said Fleet-Davis, who claims verbals from UMD, Iowa, NC State, Rutgers, WVU and Toledo. “That was my first time going to a practice, so it was a great experience. It was my first time seeing the staff in action, and it was good seeing how they coach. They are very energetic, man, and are just fired up. They make the practice like game situations, for real. I liked that part. I liked it a lot.”
Fleet-Davis said, in particular, he honed in on running backs coach Anthony Tucker and his unit. The Potomac back, who could potentially be recruited as a linebacker, lauded Tucker’s detailed approach and how hard his players ran. He also liked offensive coordinator Walt Bell’s up-tempo spread.
“They hit the holes hard and were just going full-speed. I loved the tempo,” Fleet-Davis said. “I liked the offense and the different ways the backs were used. It was exciting. It’s a good system.”
Afterwards, Fleet-Davis had a chance to speak to both Tucker and his area-recruiter, Aazaar Abdul-Rahim. The Potomac product is just getting to know the former, but he’s been in touch with the latter for months now.
“Coach Aazaar and Coach Tucker just told me everything is there for me at Maryland. They said in a couple years that could be me out there [on the field], so I’m keeping that in mind,” Fleet-Davis said. “Then they asked if I enjoyed myself, and I told them I definitely did. I didn’t get a chance to talk to Coach [D.J.] Durkin though, since there were a bunch of recruits there and he was busy. But I like him and the other coaches too.
“Like, me and Coach Aazaar, we talk like twice a week, and it’s not even about football anymore. It’s about life, how I’m doing and things like that. It’s a great relationship.”
Of course, Abdul-Rahim has been pushing DMV-to-UMD, the mantra the Terps’ staff has been pitching in earnest to local recruits. Fleet-Davis said he’s “with” the hometown movement, but…
“But it takes the whole DMV to make it work. I do believe it could work, but it’s going to take a couple guys to jump on board [at Maryland] to get it rolling,” Fleet-Davis said. “And I’m not going to lie to you, I’m probably not going to be first (laughs). I’m waiting to see who else [commits] there.”
Fleet-Davis should be returning to UMD at some point this summer. He’ll then take in a game in Maryland Stadium during the fall.
As far as where the hometown school stands for him, Fleet-Davis stopped short of naming UMD a leader, however. He said he still has to take in some other suitors and potentially embark on multiple official visits during the fall/winter.
Thus far, Fleet-Davis has visited WVU, NC State and Syracuse, and in June he’ll be taking a team tour through Cincinnati; Ohio State; Pitt; Penn State; and maybe Wake Forest. In addition, the Oxon Hill native wants to see Iowa individually, along with a return trip to Syracuse and WVU.
“Syracuse, Iowa, WVU, I like all of those offers. Those are good offers an I want to give them a chance and see what they’re about, since Maryland is the only school I’ve really seen many times,” said Fleet-Davis, who mentioned there’s not a particular scholarship he’s waiting for. “But for me right now, Maryland will always be in my top five. They’re always going to be there for me. It’s still a journey and a process, but I’m comfortable with them and I like them. When it comes down to decision time, I’m going to be thinking about Maryland. I really enjoyed it there.”