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Indiana running back lands Ole Miss offer

OLE MISS RECRUITING NOTEBOOK: Charles Davis didn’t exactly go about getting his first college scholarship offer the traditional way.

While scouring a recruiting website, the 5-foot-7, 170-pound Avon (Ind.) High running back stumbled across Ole Miss’ page and decided to take the first step and contact the coaching staff.

“I was just looking at other recruits and I was like, ‘hey, he got offered by Ole Miss and I know…’ Not to boast about myself, but I knew I was better than this dude. So I contacted Ole Miss,” he said. “At first I got no response for about two months and then I got Coach (Derrick) Nix’s number and called him and he told me he appreciated me calling him and he had watched my film already, I don’t even know (how).”

Davis initially planned to attend one of Ole Miss’ camps last month, but had second thoughts after noticing the Rebels had already received a verbal commitment from fellow 2012 running back Jaylen Walton.

“I didn’t know how many they were going to take,” he said.

As luck would have it, this past weekend Davis was vacationing with his family in Memphis visiting relatives.

Upon learning Ole Miss was just an hour south Memphis, Davis decided to take in the Rebels’ senior camp on Saturday.

“I went out on a limb and took the drive and I’m glad I did,” said Davis, who received a scholarship offer following the camp. “I think I ran the fastest except for two guys and the fastest kid ran track. I think I did well.

“When it came to 1-on-1s, I basically just dominated and took over.”

The offer automatically vaulted the Rebels to “probably No. 1 or 2” on Davis’ list, with Kansas State, Washington State and Maryland also in consideration.

Despite being excited about his offer, Davis isn’t in any rush to verbally commit.

“I’ll probably commit my second game of the season or third game because there’s a couple schools that I’m hoping to pick up offers from and they want to see a couple games,” Davis said with Indiana and South Florida in mind. “(Indiana is) the home state school and I know everything about Indiana. I know pretty much everyone up there and I’ve been up there probably like 15 times.”

And what about USF?

“I just have a good relationship with (defensive graduate assistant Byron Thomas and defensive tackles coach Kevin Patrick) and we talk a lot. I just think that would be an OK fit for me.”

Davis rushed for 10 touchdowns and more than 1,300 yards as a junior last season and describes himself as an all-purpose back “because I can catch the ball out of the backfield and I can line up and run between the tackles. I play out of the I-formation in high school so I can run between the tackles and I’m a tough back. I also have the speed to get outside.

“I’m just an all-purpose back.”

Davis is unranked by both Scout.com and Rivals.com and has a recorded 4.42 40-yard dash time.

Looking for an offer
The very back that initially caught Davis’ attention remains hopeful that he, too, can receive an Ole Miss offer.

Lutcher, La., running back Daniel Taylor, who was in attendance on Saturday as well, said questions around his grades have kept the Rebels from offering.

“I did real good. The coaches were liking me. I did a lot of 1-on-1s at receiver and nobody stopped me,” said the 5-foot-7, 170-pound teammate of Jordan Batiste, the verbally committed corner back. “They told me they’re going to see how my grades was from last year, and if they’re up, they’ll offer me. They said they don’t want to waste no scholarship or nothing.”

Taylor said he has a 2.5 GPA in his core classes this past semester.

What would happen if Ole Miss offered the three-star athlete that’s ranked as the No. 6 all-purpose back in the 2012 class by Rivals?

“I’d commit on the spot,” he said.

Taylor listed Pittsburgh and Tennessee as other possible suitors, although it remains obvious Ole Miss is where he wants to play.

Rebs like Ike
Adding depth at linebacker through their 2012 signing class is a must for the Rebels and a verbal commitment from Ike Spearman could go a long way in helping alleviate some of those concerns.

The St. John, Ind., linebacker was in town on Saturday and appears to have impressed the coaches.

“They like me a lot,” he said. “They like me, so after they have their meeting on Monday we’ll see how it went.”

The Rebels were supposed to talk to Spearman on Monday, but it’s unclear what came from the conversation since the linebacker is currently on vacation with his family in Florida.

Heading into the weekend Spearman thought a lot of the Rebels.

“They’re at the top of my list,” he said. “If everything went well I think I’m close to a commitment.”

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Spearman is unranked by Rivals, but is a three-star prospect according to Scout.

Minnesota and Vanberbilt have also offered Spearman.

The linebacker finished his junior season with 135 tackles, six tackles for a loss and two sacks playing for Lake Central High School. (July 27, 2011, Page 6A)

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