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Robinson WR Jahrvis Davenport picks the Terrapins

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Fri. June 20, 2014 | John C. Cotey | Email

Robinson's Jahrvis Davenport, who erupted on the recruiting scene following his junior season and picked up more than two-dozen offers in the five months since, verbally committed to the University of Maryland on Friday afternoon.

Davenport, who was also strongly considering USF, chose the Terrapins on a visit to the Maryland campus.

"I love it here,'' Davenport said. "I like where it's located, and I can see myself living here after sports. When I came up here, I had no idea it would be this easy. It's hard to explain...the feeling. I felt the same way for USF, the only thing with them it is in Tampa, and I grew up there and want to experience something different."

The 2015 standout had a quiet breakout season last fall, with 39 catches for 667 yards and eight touchdowns. He didn't have any offers when the season ended, but as soon as his highlight tape — featured on the Times' Recruiting Show as the Hot Film Of The Week last November — was circulated, they started coming in.

"It hit me out of nowhere,'' Davenport said. "It's been wild and a little bit overwhelming.''

Davenport (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) was planning on committing before his senior season, but as he was planning his current trip, he was informed by the University of Pittsburgh not to stop by because his offer no longer existed.

"They told me they got another receiver to commit,'' Davenport said. "I didn't want that to happen with Maryland."

Davenport, who visited Marshall — who gave him his first offer — Thursday, canceled Saturday's trip to Wake Forest. He said he and his mother will hang around and explore the area for a few more days before driving back to Tampa.

"I'm just so relieved this recruiting process is over,'' he said.

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