Terez Davis always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps.
The son of 12-year NBA veteran Ricky Davis leaned on basketball through multiple moves between Maryland and Texas. The sport was the only constant in his ever-changing youth.
“My whole life I thought I wanted to be an NBA player,” Davis said.
Davis moved to Maryland for the second time after his brother’s graduation in 2022, he said. He enrolled at DeMatha Catholic High School, where he planned to play for the basketball team. But football coach Bill McGregor saw another path for him.
A year after stepping onto a football field for the first time, Davis collected nine Division I college football offers and chose Maryland. With the Terps, he’ll look to continue his rapid ascent through the sport and make an impact as soon as next fall.
“Kids don’t have that kind of size in high school,” McGregor said. “You see these young men playing basketball, you go to them and say ‘Hey, how about playing football?’”