Rutgers Nabs 5th Commitment for 2011

Rutgers picked up its fifth commitment of the 2011 recruiting class when Neptune (N.J.) High's Charles Davis gave a non-binding oral commitment to play at Rutgers. Davis has long spoken highly of Rutgers, telling on several occassions he "loved" the school. During a visit to campus Sunday he made his decision, then talked about it. But will he playing running back or cornerback?

Since reeling in a Rutgers offer before the first snap of his junior season, Neptune (N.J.) High's Charles Davis felt a special connection to Rutgers.

There were times during his recruitment he was close to committing to the Scarlet Knights, but pulled back to make sure every thought was given careful consideration.

Finally, during a Sunday unofficial visit to campus, Davis became the fifth member of the 2011 recruiting class when he gave a non-binding oral commitment to Rutgers coach Greg Schiano.

"I committed today,'' the 6-foot, 185-pound Davis said. "I felt really good about everything, so I just let coach know. It's a big load off my shoulders. Everybody kept asking me, and now it is known.''

The next thing is what position Davis will play in college.

He is a best known as a running back at Neptune, where he rushed for 600 yards and 10 touchdowns on 48 carries before a wrist injury derailed his junior season. However, he underwent surgery and returned for the end of the season.

However, it is undecided whether Davis will play cornerback or running back at Rutgers.

"I want to play both sides of the ball,'' Davis said. "I know that's not going to happen, so wherever coach wants me to play, that's where I'm going to play. Wherever coach needs me. "Coach (Robb) Smith wants me to play defensive back. Coach (Chris) Hewitt wants me to play running back, so we'll have to see when I get there.''

Davis' commitment wasn't unexpected since he told numerous times how much he enjoyed Rutgers, and he often envisioned himself playing for the Scarlet Knights. In fact, there was consideration to Davis committing during the spring game, but he opted to wait a little longer.

So, why was Sunday the day to do it?

"I got (to Rutgers) and I was kind of feeling it,'' he said. "It was something I wanted to do. I sat back and thought about it, and I just figured today was the day.''

Davis, who also held offers from Louisville, Temple, Pittsburgh and Tulane, didn't have any elaborate plans to celebrate the announcement.

"My dad and I will probably go out to dinner of something like that,'' Davis said. "I'm not sure.''

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