Vernon Davis was born in Washington, D.C. He attended Dunbar High School, where he played tight end, safety, wide receiver, kick returner, linebacker, and defensive end. Not only was the Washington standout the Men's Football Gatorade Player of the Year for the District of Columbia, but he was also Rivals.com's No. 4 ranked tight end in the nation and the No. 7 ranked player in the Atlantic East. He went on to play for the Maryland Terrapins in the ACC for three years before declaring for the 2006 NFL Draft.