July 26, 2011

Indiana back claims first scholarship offer

Charles Davis has been working for his first scholarship offer.

After a weekend trip to Memphis and Ole Miss, the Avon, Ind., feels like he finally has what he's been waiting for.

"Ole Miss said I did real good and I had a good showing," Davis said. "They offered me. It was exciting. I had been hoping for an offer for a long time and I've been putting in the work. When I got it, I was excited.

"(Ole Miss running backs) Coach (Derrick) Nix said he liked my ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He said I could help as a slot receiver and as a guy who could catch the ball out of the backfield."

Davis, a 5-foot-7, 170-pounder with 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash, also got a chance to check out the Ole Miss campus and spend some time talking to the Rebels' coaching staff.

"I liked the campus and I liked the coaches," Davis said. "Other than that, I don't know too much about it. What I really liked, was when I was driving in that last stretch (on Highway 6 from Batesville to Oxford), I didn't see anything. It's a college town. Everything revolves around the school. I imagine it's packed for games."

Davis said he plans to make the trip back to the South to see one of Ole Miss' home games this fall. The Rebels open the season Sept. 3 at home against Brigham Young. Ole Miss is also scheduled to entertain Southern Illinois, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana Tech and LSU at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Davis said he's hoping to make a college decision "during my senior year or towards the end of it.

"I'm really just going to play my football season and see what happens. Right now, with the Ole Miss offer, I hope and pray others follow."

Davis said he's also getting major interest from Washington State, Utah, Indiana, Kansas State, South Florida, Central Florida and Maryland. Kansas State, Ole Miss and Washington State are Davis' favorites, he said.

Davis rushed for 1,345 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, despite missing two games due to a turf toe injury.

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