Davis Learns His Position Entering Rutgers

Ruters commit Charles Davis, who starred at Neptune (N.J.) High, played running back, safety and cornerback as a senior and there were some questions which position he would play entering college. That was cleared up when the Scarlet Knights coaching staff visited Davis recently and told him his future position. Running back? Safety? Cornerback? ScarletReport.com has the answer.

Neptune (N.J.) High's Charles Davis, a Rutgers commit, had an eventful six weeks.

He had unexpected knee surgery, played in the Chesapeake Bowl, is in the middle of basketball season and also found out what position he will play when he enters Rutgers.

Beginning with his future position, a member of the Scarlet Knights coaching staff visited with Davis last week, and informed the 6-foot, 187-pounder he would begin his career as a cornerback.

"That's what I want to do," Davis said. "I think I have the ability to take to next level. I can take corner to the next level. At running back, I'm not sure about my size. Plus, you only have three or four years (of shelf life) if you play running back."

Davis played a significant part of his junior season at running back, but was used primarily as a defensive back as a senior.

He also hones his corner skills working out with close friend and fellow Rutgers commit Miles Shuler of Long Branch (N.J.) High.

"We cover each other a lot (in workouts)," Davis said. "Who gets the better? I can't even say. It's about even. I'm probably stronger. That's probably the only thing I have on him. He's faster than me and he's a great athlete, but I'm much bigger for my age."

Davis spent the initial part of his offseason rehabbing his left knee.

After injuring it late in the season, Davis underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscus. Less than a month later, he was playing cornerback in the Chesapeake Bowl.

"It was a great experience playing with all the talent there," Davis said. "The speed was crazy. It was actually ridiculous. It was a very good tempo. I played most of the game at corner. I think I did pretty good.

"One time in practice I had a little bit of pain, but I had to be there for three days and I wasn't going to stop playing. It was a very fun experience."

One of the players Davis covered during the Chesapeake Bowl practices and in the game was Rutgers target Desimon Green, who played quarterback and defensive end at Clairton (Pa.) High but is being recruited as a tight end by the Scarlet Knights.

During the all-star game, Green played receiver.

"He's pretty good. He's hard to cover," Davis said. "I covered him pretty well, but his height (6-foot-4) and he's physical make him tough. He has very good concentration and he has very good hand-eye coordination.

"Whatever school he goes to, they'll be better."

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