Green & White on 4-Star Recruit's Mind

Ohio star visited Michigan State, got the red carpet treatment and left with a scholarship offer. So now, with the ball squarely in his court, what does the four star defensive end prospect think of the whole Spartans program?

EAST LANSING - A few months ago, when we were trying to avoid icicles and snow plows, not tornadoes and thunderstorms, Davon Custis got a chance to travel the 250 miles that separates Columbus, Ohio from East Lansing. He came north and found out a whole lot more about Michigan State's football program, and got a scholarship offer to boot.

The trip made an impression on the St. Francis DeSales prospect, who said the family atmosphere created by the coaching staff was very appealing.

"It felt like it would be a good school to really consider," he said.

On that trip, the four-star defensive end got a chance to see the ongoing renovations to the Duffy Daugherty Football Building, meet the coaching staff, tour the facilities and, at the end of it all, he sat down with head coach Mark Dantonio for a one-on-one. Well, not technically a one-on-one with Custis's mom present as well, but you get the picture. An offer was made.

An all-around athlete who runs a 4.58 in the 40-yard dash, Custis, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 220-pounds, also runs track and plays AAU basketball. He says he prides himself on containment as a D-end, a vital skill that requires outstanding athleticism, sound technique and a nose for the football, or, in coach-speak, football intelligence.

"I like rushing the quarterback, of course," Custis says. "But my basic job is not letting anyone get outside of me."

Custis has a quick answer for his top five, and the Spartans figure prominently in that group. "BC (Boston College), Michigan State, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Indiana."

He says he is seriously considering the Spartan program, one that reminds him of Ohio State, his hometown team.

Does he have any sort of timeline that he wants to make a decision by?

"Christmas," he says succinctly.

Official visits are a possibility later this fall, but the focus for now is on preparing for his senior season. DeSales took some hits in the personnel with graduations, but Custis, a leader who takes his role seriously, says his teammates will be ready to compete.

"We won't let that be an excuse," he says.

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