Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.) running back Tayon Fleet-Davis is one of Maryland’s foremost running back targets, and he returned to College Park, Md., June 11 for another look at the hometown school. The 6-foot, 215-pound three-star, who has been on campus about four times this offseason, called it his “best visit yet.”
“When I was up at Maryland, I enjoyed myself more than any other time I’ve been there,” Fleet-Davis said. “I really got a chance to sit down and talk with the coaches on a personal level. I really enjoyed it and got to know them, and they got to know me more too.”
Fleet-Davis said he spent most of the time chatting with area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, running backs coach Anthony Tucker and head coach D.J. Durkin.
“Basically, the coaches were talking with me and [teammate] Deon Jones, we were up there together, and they were saying we could be the guys to continue the DMV takeover in 2017,” Fleet-Davis said. “They were saying how they have a great recruit class already and we need to keep the momentum going. They said they need both of us in the Maryland program.
“And that’s something that I’m thinking about, and I know Deon is too. We both like Maryland a lot. They have a lot of good things going on there with the program under Coach Durkin.”
In addition to the coach sitdown, Fleet-Davis watched the UMD camp that afternoon. He said he paid particular attention to Tucker and the running backs.
“I was watching how Coach Tucker coaches, and I really like his style,” Fleet-Davis said. “He’s fun, but also detailed. I like the way he coaches and talks to the guys.
“And Coach Aazaar, he’s just always cool. I wasn’t watching him [at the camp], but we have a great relationship and he’s just cool to talk to. He’s one of my favorite [recruiters].”
After the three-hour stay, Fleet-Davis said Maryland remains in a strong spot for him. He doesn’t like to use the word “favorites” or “leaders,’ but admitted the Terps were ringing true.
“If I had to say today, Maryland would be right there in my top five,” Fleet-Davis said. “And then so would Syracuse, Iowa and Indiana… There are a couple others in there, but those four I’m pretty interested in.”
Of that quartet, Fleet-Davis may be leaning towards the Orange and Terps. He’s visited both programs multiple times and will be back in New York for another look at Syracuse June 25.
“I definitely want to get back to Syracuse. I love Coach [Dino] Babers and the running backs they’ve produced there,” Fleet-Davis said. “I’ll try to get out to Iowa and Indiana and some of those [Midwest] schools, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to or not. I was just at Pitt with my team [June 12], and that was cool, but they haven’t offered. I’m going to Ohio State next for that camp, and then after that it’s Syracuse.”
Following that last jaunt, Fleet-Davis said he could be ready to announce his future destination. It’s possible he holds off until later during July or August, but he said he might have a clear idea where he wants to do by Independence Day.
“Around July, I think I should be ready. Definitely before my senior season,” Fleet-Davis said. “We’ll see how these next few visits go.”