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March 18, 2011Avon, Ind., running back Charles Davis raised his stock clocking in with a 4.42 forty time and a 38-inch vertical at the All-Pro Sports Best of the Midwest Combine in Indianapolis back in February.
But while the 5-foot-7, 170-pound speedster is drawing plenty of attention from schools across the country he is still awaiting his first scholarship offer.
"Recruiting is starting to pick up a lot more," Davis said. "It started off kind of slow but now its going pretty good."
Davis has heard from Akron, Arizona, Central Michigan, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Michigan State, Middle Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Washington State and West Virginia but feels like Toledo, Western Michigan and Temple are the closest to offering him.
Another school that has been pursuing Davis is Mississippi State. The Bulldogs recruited his teammate Armonze Daniel in the 2011 class and like Daniel, hopes to get the Hoosier State standout to Starkville for a camp visit.
"I've heard a little bit from them," Davis said. "I get a lot of mail from them and talk to Coach (Scott) Sallach probably like once a week or every other week. I'm going to be down there for camp and they are talking about offering me. With my size, they want to see me at a couple of different positions when I go down there."
Davis has made only one junior day visit to Ball State on Wednesday but his schedule will pick up over the next three weeks. He plans to tour Western Michigan, Tulsa, Middle Tennessee and Indiana during that span.
Rivals.com took notice of Davis while at the Indianapolis combine last month and ranked him the ninth-best prospect on-hand.
"Small in stature, but big on aggressiveness," Rivals wrote of Davis. "Davis showed a lot of toughness in the blitz pickup drill. He also displayed good hands and very good speed in regular one-on-ones, easily sprinting past defenders. He was one of four prospects to run a sub-4.5 40-yard dash."
Last season Davis helped lead Avon to a 9-4 record and into the Class 5A State Quarterfinals despite missing nearly three games due to injury.
"I missed two and a half games with turf toe," Davis said. "I rushed for 1,345 yards and 10 touchdowns and overall had a pretty good year. I think I could have done way better if I wouldn't have been out for two and a half games but I'm looking for around 2,300 yards next year."