19 in 19: CB Charles Davis

ScarletReport.com's "19 in 19" series is coming to a close. Nineteen profile pieces in 19 days nears completion with the 18th profile. Today's subject is Neptune (N.J.) High's Charles Davis, who will enter Rutgers as a cornerback.

If Charles Davis is asked to cover punts as a freshman, he would welcome it with open arms. Ditto for playing on kick returns, or kick coverage.

Davis, a 6-foot, 195-pound soon-to-be Neptune (N.J.) High graduate, just wants to play.

And while he will enter Rutgers in late June as a cornerback, who is hoping to gain playing time in the secondary, he is ready to do anything to get on the field, even if it means a small role.

"They definitely talked about using my size, my speed," Davis said. "I actually want to play next year. If I get red-shirted, I get red-shirted, but I'm definitely trying my hardest to play next year. That's my goal, but if I don't make it, I'll be in the rotation the next year.

"I love being on the field. I never, in my life, sat down and watched a football game. The only way I did that is if I was injured."

Davis' hunger is even deeper because his senior season was shortened. A knee injury limited Davis to six games, although he did play cornerback, safety and running back.

He was recruited to play cornerback for the Scarlet Knights, and is part of the bigger, more physical player the Scarlet Knights want on the edges.

To get ready for his move to Rutgers, Davis worked out with the Neptune High track team, although he did not compete in meets.

"I always try to prepare before I do anything," Davis said. "The biggest thing at the corner position is flexible hips, good footwork. That's the two biggest things. Without the flexible hips, it's very hard to maneuver in that position."

The workouts allowed Davis to streamline his body, but also gain weight. He weighed 180 pounds in late January, and he added 15 pounds in the spring.

"My strength increased a little bit, but my weight increased," Davis said. "I'm more flexible and my speed, I think, got a little bit better. I'm skinnier than I was before, but I weigh more."

Davis graduates from Neptune High on June 20, and will move to Rutgers a week later.

"There's a lot of excitement going on, but I'm trying to finish up high school and take my time," he said. "I really can't wait to get there. I'm excited to get there, but also taking my time. It's a little bit of both."

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