Neptune, New Jersey junior running back Charles Davis has done a little bit of everything for his high school squad this year, and once colleges have a chance to take a closer look at his performance this fall his offer list may very well grow.
As it stands now the 5-foot-11, 191-pound has helped Neptune to a 5-2 record, and their game this coming Saturday could very well determine whether they have a spot in the state playoffs. Should they win it appears as though they will be looking at a third or fourth seed, and they certainly don't want to end up on the outside looking in.
The talented speedster runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds and has lined up at running back, in the slot and at quarterback on offense, while spending time at free safety and cornerback on defense. That versatility is something coaches love at every level of play. Despite his ability to line up at those spots in high school, Davis believes most schools will be recruiting him as a running back. That's what happened so far, at least.
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"Lately I've been hearing from Maryland and Rutgers," Davis told Rivals.com. "Rutgers offered me around September. They've just been talking about their schools and letting me know things about them."
Davis has attended Rutgers' home games against Cincinnati and Texas Southern, so he has seen the Scarlet Knights in victory and defeat. Next week he plans on making a trip to College Park, Md., to watch Maryland play host to Virginia Tech.
While it's still early and offers will largely determine his mindset later in the recruiting process, for now two schools are standing out.
"Rutgers is definitely a favorite," he said. "Basically I've been really looking at them and Virginia. With Rutgers, the coaching staff is great from what I know about them. I've been around the campus a little bit and it's very nice. I've heard they're also strong in what I want to go to school for (criminal justice).
"Virginia also has great academics. Basically, that's the most important things. Football doesn't mean anything if you don't have the academics."