A dream come true for Meggett

Last week was probably the most excited Davin Meggett will ever be following his AP calculus class. The period had finished and Meggett went to speak with his coach at Surrattsville High. The news he had been waiting for all his life was about to come down.

Maryland had offered. Meggett, a life-long Terrapin fan, received his dream offer after months of uncertainty.

"I had a smile on my face," Meggett said when he found out. "Every time I think about it I can't stop smiling. I'm overwhelmed right now, it's still sinking in."

There was "absolutely no doubt" what he would do next: commit to Maryland. He made it official in a meeting with coach Ralph Friedgen before last week's game against Villanova.

"It was like a little personal dream I've always had that I'd be in a Terrapin uniform," he said.

Whether Meggett would have the chance to play at Maryland was up in the air. He had interest from mostly Division I-AA schools before last week, including Howard, James Madison and Old Dominion. Those were O.K., but he was looking for something more—particularly an offer from the hometown school.

He impressed the Maryland coaches at the summer football camp here, running a 4.49 40-yard dash. But the offer didn't come. Meggett acknowledged that he wasn't the No. 1 back on the staff's board and that it would take some time for the coaches to make a decision on him.

They finally made the decision, and just a few days later, Meggett sat in Friedgen's office ready to commit. They talked about the possibility of grey-shirting—meaning Meggett would most likely enroll on scholarship in the spring of 2009 and his eligibility clock won't start ticking until that fall—but that didn't deter him.

His father, former NFL veteran Dave Meggett, wasn't a prized prospect coming out of high school either. Clemson said he was too small so he started his college career at Morgan State before transferring to Towson. He then spent 10 years in the NFL, becoming the archetypical scat-back that is prevalent in today's game.

Dave wasn't involved much in Davin's recruitment, however. His influence on Davin was "minimal to none" and he didn't even find out about the commitment from Davin—in fact, Davin doesn't know who told him. "One of his buddies," he supposed.

On the field, the only two similarities they share are in position and in the Meggett name. Davin is a strong and imposing back not afraid of a little contact. He rumbled his way to 1,126 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

"I make victims pay if they try to tackle me," said Meggett, who was measured at 5-foot-8, 205 pounds in a physical Tuesday.

Meggett expects to play running back in college, but with his frame he could end up as a fullback. "It's not the way I feel, it's the way [the coaches] feel," he said. "However they want to play me. If they need me to block, I'll block. If they need me to play fullback, I'll play fullback."

It's something he'll deal with later. He's more concerned with his season—which opens Saturday against Samuel Banks High of Baltimore—and his course load. He takes two other AP courses in addition to calculus.

As for college, Meggett plans to major in criminal justice and possibly pursue a career in the CIA after school.


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