Navy and Army dueling for Davidson

A recruiting battle could be shaping up between Navy and Army for the services of running back Charlie Davidson of Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn. After Army's offer came to Davidson the first day of spring practice, Navy followed up strong with a call from head coach Ken Niumatalolo. Davidson spoke with GoMids.com on his interest in both programs.

"Honestly, Army and Navy have great football traditions," Davidson said. "That's a big thing for me. I've watched both schools this season and I like the way they play. I have a lot of love for both academies. I'm looking at taking an official visit to Army for the Air Force game in November. I'm hoping to set up an official with Navy by the end of the month.

"Coach Niumatalolo called me to let me know that I had the Navy offer. He said he'd love to have me. It felt really nice to have the head coach reach out to me. He said they loved my power [at running back], my shiftiness, and that I have deceptive speed. With my frame, he said they were really surprised at how fast I am. He said I'm a great package. The thing I like about Navy, and Army too, is that they play big-time football. I've seen them play and think they have some great players on the team. One of them, Keenan Reynolds, we used to go watch play on Fridays nights at Goodpasture Christian."

Davidson said he communicates daily with Army and Navy by way of social media. He also holds offers from Austin Peay State, Chattanooga, Furman, Illinois State, Mercer, UT-Martin, and Tennessee State. He's also taken two unofficial visits to Vanderbilt this fall.

"When I received the Army offer, Coach Saturnio came by the school," he shared. "We had been talking already before he came and have a real good relationship. He told what Army has to offer and more about himself as a running backs coach. I loved what he had to say. When he told me how you're set up for the future coming out the academy, that set in my mind a long time. It's cool that [Saturnio] is my recruiter and if I go there will be my position coach. The whole coaching staff has really stood out to me as well.

"There's still a lot of football left to be played, so I don't really have any time frame on making my college decision. I want to know how your system works, what tradition does your program have, what's the role I'll actually play, as a running back, in your system. One question I like to ask is 'what else besides football does your school have to offer?'."

Davidson, 5-foot-10, 215-pounds, has 950 yards on 102 carries with 13 touchdowns in seven games at Blackman. His team is 7-0 and features D-1 talent like Jauan Jennings, who committed to Tennessee in the spring, Ronnie Killings, and Quentin Hardy, who also holds a Navy offer. Davidson's father, Charlie Sr., was a four-year starter at wide receiver at Mississippi State.

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