Terps Talking to N.J. Power Back

Last year when Maryland dipped its hand into Paterson, New Jersey's fertile ground of running backs, the Terps came up short when Malcolm Harris ultimately committed to Purdue.


Maryland hopes for a better result this year with another Paterson product, 5-foot-11, 205-pound Kumar Davis. Though he missed three games last season, Davis still managed to rush for 957 yards and 6 touchdowns.

His production earned him first team all-area and honorable mention all-state, but it did not earn him any scholarship offers. The coach's son said that "Maryland, Virginia and Vanderbilt are showing a lot of interest."

Davis is the prototypical athlete. Outside of football season, he stays in shape by running track for Eastside High School as well as playing basketball. He is spending the summer juggling both football and basketball, competing for well-known New Jersey-based Playaz Basketball Club's 17-and-under team.

Despite his basketball prowess -- he averaged 20 points per game as a sophomore, making third-team all-county —- the north Jersey product credits running track as a powerful tool aiding his college recruitment.

"A lot of coaches think track helped me a lot with my speed," he said.

He currently runs a 4.67 40-yard dash, but plans to work on "my explosion, my acceleration, agility and breakaway speed [this summer]."

Davis has visits planned to Maryland and Virginia on his radar. "Maryland said that if I do [well] at their camp on June 22, they are going to offer me." An offer from Maryland would be his first.

The rising senior has recently performed in the Rivals Elite Combine and the Nike Combine at Rutgers.

"I did real good at the Nike Combine," he said. "I finished in the top two for running backs."

Despite an under-the-radar recruitment process, he said that Maryland, Virginia, Vanderbilt and UConn are in contact with him frequently.

"Coach Sollazzo and I talk almost every other day," he said.

His trip to College Park later this month won't be his first. He has already made an official visit to Maryland. "I loved Maryland," he said. "I've been watching them since I was a kid. I love the facilities and the atmosphere."

The relationship with a current Terrapin running back may provide useful in landing Davis. "I'm cool with Lance Ball," he said. "[Coach Friedgen] looks for strong, powerful backs, so I like that aspect, and their backs are usually big."

Davis compares his style of running game to now-Tennessee Titan LenDale White.

"He runs downhill, but he also has the ability to cut and break tackles, and run away from people as well," he said, noting that his game is similar.

In the end, it will come down to "the school that offers me the best education, and that I feel is comfortable," Davis said.

Davis plans to end his recruitment by the beginning of the football season. "Probably late September, maybe October," he estimated.

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