Player Profile: Avon RB Charles “Fast” Davis
Posted May 17, 2011 1:39 am
When it comes to Division I-A college football recruiting, there are plenty of players that fly “under the radar”.
They might be gifted enough to play big time college football but for various reasons college football coaches write them off–whether it be size, speed, or measurables.
Well here at FinestPreps–we promise to bring you coverage of not only the high profile prospects but players that in our eyes are “under the radar”.
We’ve yet to discuss a prospect in the state of Indiana and today we get to knock that out!
Who’s one of the top sleeper running back prospects in the 2012 class you should keep your eyes open for?
Take a look at Avon (Avon, Indiana) running back Charles “Fast” Davis.
Davis, a 5’8, 175 pound running back, is a smaller tailback who’s blessed with great speed and acceleration in the open field.
Last year as a junior, Davis shredded opposing offenses to the tune of 1,345 yards and 10 touchdowns on 187 attempts (7.1 yards per carry).
Blessed with 4.42 speed in the 40 yard dash–the talented Indiana tailback lives up to his nickname.
Davis seems to thrive out of the shotgun in the “zone-read” play–one of the most popular plays in football today.
He’s got a quick first step and accelerates through the hole very nicely–both keys for great “zone-read” running backs.
You can see a great example of this on the second play of his highlight tape below.
Davis takes the handoff at the 39 yard line, slices his way through the right side of the defense as he turns up field, then he turns on the burners and it’s smooth sailing for a 57 yard touchdown.
Defenders tried to close on Davis as he exploded into the second level of the defense but the only one who gets remotely close is a defender who leaps at him, only to land on the turf empty handed.
Charles also displays excellent hands in his highlights at the end of the tape–where he’s beating defenders in one-on-one drills and catching the football with his hands rather effortlessly.
He likes the football on the toss and sweep plays because those allow him to use his speed to turn the corner.
That’s not to say he doesn’t like going between the tackles–he explodes through the holes in defenses at a high rate of speed–which definitely helps him in that aspect.
Davis currently doesn’t have any Division I-A scholarship offers but he says he’s drawing the most interest from the following programs around the country–Western Kentucky, Temple, Middle Tennessee State, Clemson, and Ole Miss.
He has plans to go to numerous camps this summer and he’ll be hitting the circuit pretty hard–taking trips to Southern Miss, UConn, UVA, WVU, Illinois, Cincinnati, Louisville, Maryland, Minnesota, Mizzouri, Pitt, Michigan, Ole Miss, Kansas State, and Marshall (where his former teammate Armonze Daniel will play this fall).
One thing is for certain–if Davis doesn’t land a Division I-A scholarship this year it won’t be because of a lack of effort!
It’s clear how hungry he is and how much he wants to prove himself!
FinestPreps.com will keep you posted on Charles’ search for a chance to play Division I-A college football!
Wade Peery is the senior writer for FinestPreps.com. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out his junior highlights below!