Player Spotlight: Charles Davis
"It's a long list," Charles Davis said on his summer destinations. "I'll be going to Southern Miss, UConn, UVA, West Virginia, Illinois, Boston College, Cincinnati, Louisville, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Pitt, Michigan, Ole Miss, Kansas State and Marshall. I'm going to be grinding."
As a freshman, Davis rushed for more than 1200 yards on Avon's JV team. He moved into a backup role as a sophomore and gained 400 in limited duty. Davis rushed for 1345 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2010, his first as a starter, and earned honorable mention 5A All-State.
"This season I feel I improved in my pass blocking," Davis said. "My field vision and my foot work were better than before. I'm working on my hands. Last year, I only caught a couple of balls coming out of the backfield, but working hard in practice, so they can get it to me more in the slot next season. As a back I feel like I can run between the tackles or use my speed to get the outside."
Living up to his nickname "Fast", Davis, 5-7.5, 170, turned heads at the All-Pro Best of the Mid-West Combine in Indianapolis with a 4.42 40 time. At the BadgerSport Southeast Elite 7-on-7 Tournament in Birmingham, AL, Davis showed out oo the other side of the football.
"I felt I did pretty good," said Davis on his performance. "They had me playing a lot on D. I made an interception and battled hard every play. Some coaches came up to me and asked why I wasn't a cornerback."
Although things may change after his summer camps, there are five schools that stand out to Davis at this time that are showing mutual interest and a favorable depth chart at the running back position.
"I've discussed the list with my head coach," Davis stated. "I'm liking Ole Miss, Temple, Marshall, Oregon State, and Kansas State with Middle Tennessee State and Western Kentucky right behind."
Sometimes in recruiting the player needs to take the initiative, and that's what Davis did with the Kansas State coaching staff.
"I emailed Coach (Dana) Dimel," said Davis. "He said that the highlights he saw looked pretty good. He wants me to come to camp and watch me run the 40 in person. You never know."
With Davis ambitious summer plans, he's equally ambitious when it comes to discussion of his senior season at Avon.
"My goal is to win state and be named Indiana's Mr. Football," Davis said. "I'm going to shoot for 2500 rushing yard and 3000 all-purpose yards. Next year I've going to be returning kicks. Then, when it's over go on and sign the letter of intent."
Davis plays at a top program in the Indianapolis area. Last year the Orioles made it to the fourth round or state regional falling by a touchdown to state 5A runner-up Lawrence Central. The team returns rising seniors, offensive lineman Josh Smith and DeAndre Herron, both with multiple Division 1 offers. They should make for some big holes for Davis to motor through in the coming season.
"I want to be at a school where I have a good relationship with both the coaches and the players," Davis said. "I want to see how bad they want me there. You want to go somewhere you're wanted. I'd love to play in warm weather. The depth chart is an important factor to me as well. I want a chance to get into the rotation as a freshman."
Davis is looking to major in Sports Marketing in college. The oldest of 11 children, Davis is the cousin of former Georgia Tech star, Joe Burns. Davis wears No. 25 for the Orioles.
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