Custis Is Catching A Lot Of Recruiters Eyes.

Following the football season this past fall, St. Francis DeSales head football coach Ryan Wiggins was showing film of senior Ryan Clark to a recruiter from Eastern Michigan. While watching, the Eagles assistant ended up becoming very impressed with another one of Wiggins players.

That guy was rising junior, Davon Custis.

"I was pretty much unknown until a couple weeks after the football season ended," Custis said. Junior season was his first as a starter at the big-time Columbus, Ohio prep program, however, he did letter as a sophomore. "Actually, the story was, coach Wiggins was showing some coaches film of other players on the team, and basically he was trying to get one of my friends a scholarship, and one of the coaches said oh wow can I talk to him?

"They brought me in and viewed more plays of me, and that's how it got started."

The ball has been rolling downhill like crazy ever since.

Custis, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound defensive end was a key cog on a 12-1 team that lost in the state regional finals. He has racked up close to 25 scholarship offers, from the likes of Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Boston College, Virginia, North Carolina State, Stanford, Kentucky and everyone in the Big Ten minus Ohio State and Michigan.

"It's been exciting, and also I guess, what's the word, busy I guess," Custis explained. "I'm supposed to call everyone. That's how I view it as. Overall it's pretty exciting."

Michigan and Ohio State are showing interest, and Notre Dame assistant coach Jon Tenuta went by the school during the May evaluation period.

"Coach Tenuta was here and he took film and everything," Wiggins said. "He told me that they'd be in touch, and coach (Charlie) Weis had to give the blessing. It wouldn't surprise me one bit if they offered.

"First of all he plays with a motor. He plays very, very hard. He plays the same way all the time, 100 percent. The kid's unexpectedly fast. He can flat out run (4.58 seconds in the 40-yard dash). He does things that, that you can't coach."

Both Custis and Wiggins weren't sure of the stats last fall. Wiggins said Custis had around 10 sacks, a few more tackles for loss, and a lot of batted passes at the line of scrimmage.

"He has a long-rangy body, and he again, can really fly," Wiggins emphasized.

Custis also gets it done in the classroom, sporting a 3.7 core GPA, and a 24 on the ACT.

"He is really, really open right now because the kid is just very humbled to be offered by these different places," Wiggins said. "He is just trying to take it all in, but obviously a school like Notre Dame with such a great tradition and being such a strong academic institution, those are all things that are very important to him. That's what our high school is like. We're a medium-sized high school with a lot of tradition. Notre Dame is definitely a school he'd take a hard look at."

Custis said he hasn't heard much from Notre Dame himself, and doesn't know much about the school either.

"Football wise, not that much," Custis stated. "I just know it's a private, mostly catholic school. I would be interested in them."

Custis admitted that his top five changes on a regular basis. He'd like to be verbally committed somewhere by Christmas.

"I'm only basing my top five off the scholarship offers I have," Custis said. "Right now it's Northwestern, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Boston College."

This Sunday, Custis will attend the Ohio State camp, where he's already been several times. He is going to visit West Virginia and Boston College, and try and get over to North Carolina and North Carolina State. Custis has already taken trips to Indiana, Northwestern, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Eastern Michigan, Cincinnati and Purdue.

"First it's going to be academics," Custis said of what he's looking for in a school. "I want to major in business, some type of business. Second, is it a school with a good football team and some tradition and a tradition of winning? Third, am I going to fit there? Basically the social life. Am I going to have a good time being there? That's basically the top three."


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