Mike Engelberg wouldn’t have blamed Sean Davis if he had appeared frustrated from time to time. Facing double- and triple-coverage on an every-game basis could certainly be discouraging to a high school football player.
But according to Engelberg -- coach of the Maret School in Washington -- not once did Davis express any type of displeasure with his status as the most accounted-for player on the field.
“No matter how good you are, it’s tough to make a play on offense,” with that kind of attention, Engelberg said. “He just kept churning, making things happen. … Every possible way you can score a touchdown, with the exception of throwing a touchdown, [he did it]. That was the part that impressed me most. It’s not like he had a game where someone just lined straight up and said, ‘We’re going to play you straight. Just do your thing.’ Everybody played some junk defense. He did a great job with it.”
Davis, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound Maryland cornerback commitment, “literally never came off the field” for the Frogs, Engelberg said. The senior started at free safety on defense, split time between wide receiver and running back on offense, returned kickoffs and punts, served on the punt and kick coverage teams, and was Maret’s long snapper.
A quick glance at Davis’ senior statistics shows just how important he was to the success of the Frogs (6-3.) The future Terp finished the year with 78 carries for 823 yards and seven touchdowns and 38 receptions for 601 yards and five touchdowns. He also returned three kickoffs and two punts for scores.
“He’s just a guy everyone was gunning to stop,” Engelberg said. “He put up some incredible numbers this year in spite of teams playing solely to stop him.”
Defensively, Davis’ stats were just as impressive. In nine games, Davis racked up 162 tackles, three forced fumbles and three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown.
“He’s laying guys out,” Engelberg said. “He’s running sideline to sideline. It just makes you wonder what he could do if he was only playing on one side of the ball.”
While Davis is slated to play cornerback at Maryland, he starred at free safety for Maret. Engelberg said that decision was based on a simple realization: Davis wouldn’t be involved in about “90 percent” of the defensive plays if he was committed to sticking with just one wide receiver. Opposing quarterbacks would undoubtedly avoid him, and the majority of teams Maret faced were run-oriented.
“He lined up at the free safety spot, about 9 to 12 yards off the ball with no coverage responsibilities. Just basically play center field,” Engelberg said. “If it’s a run, he just flies up and becomes the run player. If it’s a pass, he just follows the quarterback’s eyes and plays the pass. He’s a phenomenal corner. He would be a great corner in college.”
Davis, who committed to the Terps in August, is one of Maryland’s most highly rated commitments. He fielded several offers from BCS-conference schools, and Engelberg said other suitors have popped up over the course of the past couple months. But Davis told Engelberg that he’s staying committed to the Terps. The Maret coach said his star player can’t wait to make a difference for Maryland next fall.
“He works out as hard as anybody,” Engelberg said. “I think some kids would’ve been like, ‘I’m committed to Maryland. I’m done.’ But he raised it to another level in terms of his work ethic and working out. He doesn’t take any shortcuts in the weight room. You can see how hard he works out. He’s truly taken it and said, ‘Look, I’m going to do everything I can to have a chance to start at Maryland next year.’ He’s not satisfied with just getting a scholarship. He’s trying to get the starting position at corner.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun