Neptune's Charles Davis: "I love Rutgers"

Neptune (N.J.) High running back Charles Davis played for a talented New Jersey 1 team at the BadgerSport 7-on-7, presented by New Level Athletics, this weekend. Davis took a few minutes out of his day to speak with about his recruitment, and his feelings toward Rutgers. Davis talked about which coach he built a strong relationship with, and why he likes Rutgers so much.

PISCATAWAY -- Neptune (N.J.) High's Charles Davis held his own as a cornerback at the BadgerSport 7-on-7, presented by New Level Athletics, but his place to shine is at running back.

The event was held inside the practice bubble at Rutgers, which is a school Davis has strong feelings toward.

"I love it,'' the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Davis said. "Coach (Greg) Schiano and I have a good relationship.''

Davis holds a written offer from Rutgers, and is expecting a written offer in the mail this week from Pittsburgh, where he visited for junior day last month.

"I learned a lot about the coaching staff, about their recruiting, about their academics, and things like that,'' Davis said. "I learned about a lot of important things.''

Oregon, Northwestern and Duke are also showing strong interest in Davis, who wants to let the recruiting process play out and not make an early commitment, despite his affinity for the Scarlet Knights.

"I feel like I have a lot of options,'' he said. "But I love Rutgers. I like it a lot. The facilities, they have my major -- I want to major in criminal justice, and I was talking to the dean of the school, and he said a lot of kids come through and have a career as a lawyer of police officer.''

Davis has been on numerous unofficial visits to Rutgers already, and he is working on a schedule to visit other schools in the spring and summer. He also hopes that will facilitate more offers.

"I should have lot more by the end of the spring,'' Davis said. "A lot of people are keeping in close touch. Every school basically says, ‘Yeah, we like you a lot and we're going to offer you,' but I don't get the written offer. So, I don't look at it as an offer.''

A few reasons for a lack of offers for the talented Davis, who combines speed and power running the ball, timing and circumstance. Davis received his Rutgers offer before his junior season, then missed part of Neptune's season after breaking his wrist and undergoing surgery.

"The Rutgers offer came so early,'' Davis said. "A lot of teams weren't thinking about (junior) recruiting then. I feel if that one came right now, I'd have more offers.''

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