"At the beginning of the season we were highly underrated because we lost all our seniors, and after just seeing the first new article about our team, how we were young and inexperienced, one of our subconscious goals was to show people that they were wrong about us," Custis told TheBootleg.com. "We won game after game – we had an undefeated [regular] season. We beat our rivals in the playoffs, but unfortunately lost in the state semis against the former state champs [Cincinnati Anderson] whom we'd beaten earlier in the season. We ended 13-1."
The season was eventful not only for St. Francis DeSales, but also for Custis himself, as he was moved from weakside to strongside defensive end.
"My team needed a strongside DE and I was the best DE on the team, so I switched positions," he explained. "Since I was well-known, opponents tended to double-team or triple-team me with a tight end and a tackle most of the time and tried to go to the other side, so I got average stats. But I thought I played my position well."
His self-described "average" stats haven't appeared to worry college coaches, as Custis' recruitment has only picked up since his season drew to a close. He's now narrowed his list to five top schools, with three clear leaders among them.
Custis has made an official visit to each of his top five schools, save for Stanford, which he will visit on Jan. 8. This past weekend, Custis went to Evanston, Ill. to see Northwestern, and says he likes what he saw out of the Wildcats.
"I thought it was very informative," he said. "I thought I really liked the guys. In the practices, they were upbeat. It got me thinking more now. I think each visit gets me thinking more and, right now, I don't have a top favorite anymore. It used to be Boston College, but now I'm seeing other places and am not highly sure."
While Custis may not know where he'll be going to college, he does know what he's looking for in a college experience.
"I broke down the schools into three areas," he reports. "No. 1: I want a great business school, academics-wise. I want to get my degree in four or five years. Second, does the school have a very good tradition of being a good football team? I feel all the schools do. And my last thing is whether I'm going to have fun, have a social life and fit in."
Custis went into greater depth about his key academic concerns.
"My interest is toward finance and marketing in the business field, and maybe I'm kind of leaning now toward economics, but I'm going to major in one of the three. I think a big reason is my mom; she's all for an academic school. The schools I'm looking at, I feel comfortable I can graduate with no problems as long as I get my work done."
Custis reports a 3.8 cumulative GPA and ACT score of 24. But perhaps the sweetest news to the ears of Cardinal fans is that he sent in his Stanford application this Friday.
"It only took me about four hours," he said. "Once I started one 250-word essay, I just kind of flew. I used my teachers and my grandma to make suggestions for word usage and things like that before I sent it in. I thought I did okay on it."
Assistant DJ Durkin is the Stanford coach recruiting Custis, and so we asked Custis whether he had a good relationship with Durkin.
"I feel like I do," Custis said, "but I also do with the coaching staff from each school that is very interested in me. But especially for Stanford, it's one of the schools that will go out of the way to try to recruit me. I think I have a pretty good relationship with them."
Custis plans on making his final decision "a couple days" after his Stanford visit on Jan. 9.
"I promised each school to see them at least once before making my decision," he said.
Whether it's Boston College, Northwestern or Stanford – or whether Notre Dame or Wisconsin make a late charge, TheBootleg.com will have all the latest on Davon Custis' recruitment. Stay tuned!
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