DC’s own Vernon and Vontae Davis, the 3rd set of brothers ever to be drafted #1 in the NFL, will come home to put on a free youth football clinic this Saturday at their alma mater, Dunbar.
Along with being Exhibit A on how much gridiron talent can be found within the underappreciated DCIAA, the Davis brothers tale shows how valuable a great recruiter can be to a college program.
Both were wooed out of high school by Mike Locksley, a Ballou alum who for the last decade has controlled the flow of DC-area football talent the way the Corleone family once did olive oil.
Locksley landed Vernon, now a tight end with the San Francisco 49ers, while he was recruiting coordinator for Maryland. After a year at Florida, he moved to Illinois as offensive coordinator and brought Vontae (the top pick of the Miami Dolphins in the 2009 draft) and scads of other area phenoms (Eddie McGee, Arrelious Benn) to Champaign.
Locksley has now taken over the football program at New Mexico, his first head coaching job.
And early indications are the DC kids will keep going wherever he goes. Even to Albuquerque: Coolidge’s heralded quarterback/receiver tandem of Emmanuel Yeager and Derrell Person committed to New Mexico after Locksley got the top job.
The Davises camp is designed for kids 8 to 18 years old, and will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free.
(BTW: the other sets of sibling first rounders are (obviously) the Mannings, Eli and Peyton, and (never heard of one of ’em) the McDougles, Jerome and Stockar.)