Wildcat Target Would Like To Decide Soon

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Charles Davis visited Kansas State this past summer and turned heads, making his presence known with a stellar performance. Now the Indiana product says he would like to make a decision soon and talks about who is in the running....

Charles Davis, who had an MVP showing at the Kansas State camp during the summer, is having an outstanding senior season at Avon High School in Indiana. The 5-foot-7, 175-pound running back has been dominating Indiana's top classification (5A) and has helped push his team to a No. 8 state ranking.

"It's going great," Charles Davis said of the season. "I'm leading the state in rushing yards and touchdowns. I had a big night in the opening round of the playoffs. We won and advanced to round two and want to keep it going."

Davis rushed for 228 yards on 34 carries in Avon's playoff game with Terre Haute North. He scored four touchdowns from 35, 6, 6, and 52 yards. Davis has accumulated 1,516 yards and 20 touchdowns through 10 games.

"I'm continuing to work on my speed," Davis said, "but this year I think I've been more versatile. I have 11 catches for 286 yards and two touchdowns. Last year I only made two receptions the whole year, so I think it's added to my game being able to make plays coming out of the backfield."

Including the playoff game, Davis has four consecutive games of rushing for more than 200 yards. He set a career-high in week 7 with 278 yards on 30 carries in a win against Lafayette Jefferson.

"When the season is over I'm just going to work on getting faster and bigger," said Davis. "Many of the schools recruiting me are looking at me as a slot receiver, but if I can get up to 185 (pounds) and keep working on my speed and strength I'm going to have the option of playing running back."

Although Davis doesn't list any offers he says he's been a lot of recruiting attention especially from in-state Indiana University in Bloomington.

"I've been to IU twice, and I'm going back this weekend for homecoming," said Davis. "I've been hearing a good bit from Kansas State. Middle Tennessee State and Western Kentucky are still in the mix. I went to a game at West Virginia, and I'm trying to get to one at Memphis. I've also been hearing from a couple of Pac-12 schools in Washington State and Oregon State."

Davis has been on the swim team and runs track at Avon. He's known for his exceptional 40 times with a 4.37 personal best. He didn't compete last spring in order to focus on recruiting and during the summer attended 14 camps taking MVP honors at both Kansas State and Toledo. He's hoping he made some lasting memories with the coaches when they begin to shore their recruiting classes.

"I'm going to look at who's all going as far as other commitments," said Davis on choosing a college. "I want to play for a coach who I like. Playing time is important to me, so I'm going to look at the depth chart and see where I'd be in line.

"Location really is not a big deal. I just want to go somewhere and contribute. I'd like to make a decision by the end of November. If not at least by the end of December."

Davis wears No. 25 for the Avon Orioles. They will play Pike out of Indianapolis. Avon upset Pike last season for the Sectional Championship with Davis rushing for 199 yards on 32 carries in the 30-27 win.

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