TE Watching Closely

Vernon Davis, ranked by TheInsiders as the #6 tight-end prospect in the country, lists his top 5 in order. He will be watching closely to see how teams perform this season.

Name: Vernon Davis
Position: TE, WR, FS
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 220 pounds
40-yard dash: "I ran a 4.39 twice."
Bench press: 340 pounds
School: Dunbar HS, Washington, DC

Vernon is being recruited by many Division I programs to play wide-receiver or tight-end.  He claims over 30 scholarship offers and with his enviable combination of size, speed and power, one has to believe him.

He has helped Dunbar jump out to a 3-0 record so far this season.

"So far I have 5 touchdowns and a two-point conversation and probably around 13 receptions for about 200 yards," Vernon said.

Vernon has already attended a few college games in an effort to narrow things down a bit.

"I went to two of Maryland's games.  I went to the Akron game and I just went when they played the Seminoles.  I also went to see UVA when they played Colorado State."

Maryland is his current favorite followed in order by UVA, Florida, Tennessee and West Virginia.

The one official visit he has set up so far is to Tennessee when they play Miami on November 9.

Did the results of the Maryland game verses Florida State surprise Vernon?

"No, Maryland could've done a little bit better than that.  It kind of upset me.  I kind of figured they'd lose, but I thought they'd be hanging on a little tighter than they did."

Davis admitted some concern and indicated that he will be watching to see how teams do this year.

Maryland, however, is still the early favorite to receive Davis' signature in February.

"I like the coaching staff.  Also, when I look at going to a college, I pretty much want to go to somewhere I'm needed, not where I'm wanted."

Vernon said that Penn State is currently in his top 10.

"They're still in it.  They've been writing me a lot and they called me a couple of times.

"I like their facilities and the coaches.  They have some very nice, good coaches.  I like the fact that if I did go to Penn State, I would have a chance to meet someone very special in Joe Paterno.  He's a very highly thought of guy.

"They told me they needed a tight-end and that I would be their number one recruit as far as tight-end.

"I took an unoffical visit there in February.  I went with my coach and a couple of other players."

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