2008 Focus: C.J. Davis

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- A.C. Reynolds standout C.J. Davis doesn't lack confidence.

In a three-back offense and splitting carries with fellow junior Darius Spencer, C.J. Davis rushed for 17 touchdowns and 734 yards on 100 carries. He felt that with more touches he would post even better numbers.

"We share the ball around here," Davis said. "Darius, he's my cousin, he got a little more carries than me and our other back ran the ball too. We won a lot of games doing it that way though."

A player that can project as a tailback, slotback, or even defensive back, Davis believes he can help a program in a variety of ways.

"I play all of them," said Davis. "I play slot, running back, or defensive back. I don't mind playing defense. I only had 20 tackles this year, but we play a lot of zone and our guys up front would get most of our tackles.

"I'd love to play man coverage because of my speed, and I like to hit."

"I think C.J. will be more of a defensive back mainly because of his size," said A.C. Reynolds assistant coach Larry Brow. "With his size and speed, I think he could be a slotback or defensive back. Athletically, I have no doubt that he can play at that level."

Davis is one of the state's fastest players. At last year's Shrine Bowl combine held at A.C. Reynolds, Davis ripped off a 4.25 in the 40-yard dash, the second-fastest time recorded at any of the Shrine Bowl combines in 2006. He also posted a 4.42 shuttle, a 33.9-inch vertical, and 10 reps of 185 pounds on the bench.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound prospect is looking to do even better when the combine returns to A.C. Reynolds on April 14th.

"I think I'll beat that," said Davis. "I'm trying to at least get a 4.21. I ran a 4.23, but that was with the coaches. I only ran a 4.25 at the combine."

"I only ran a 4.25 at the combine."

A.C. Reynolds head coach Steve McCurry recently left to take another position, and Davis has started sending out his highlight tape to various programs. Although he has yet to receive an official offer, Davis realizes the interest is there.

"Miami just sent some stuff saying they want some film and my transcripts," he said. "Georgia invited me to their spring game, and I'm looking at Clemson, UNC, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, and Vanderbilt.

"I'd say my top three would be Georgia, Miami, and UNC," Davis added. "My favorite college in football is Miami. They just love football. Every since I was a little kid I liked watching Clinton Portis and all those guys play."

Davis visited NC State last fall for the Wolfpack's game against Boston College. NC State isn't expressing interest, but he hopes the Wolfpack will start recruiting him.

"I'd like for State to recruit me," said Davis. "I went to that BC game with Darius [Spencer]. That was a good game... it was a big last-second win.

"It looked like they are crazy about football when I was there... the fans. The facilities, I liked them. They just haven't showed much interest yet."

What is Davis looking for in a college?

"I'm really looking for who shows the most interest. I want to see who all offers me first."

Colleges are likely monitoring his progress in the classroom. Coach Brow feels he still has some work to do academically.

"C.J. has some work to do with his grades," said coach Brow. "I believe he knows that as well."

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