Davon Custis, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound four-star defensive end from St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, Ohio, has already taken two official visits and now has a solid leader.
"Right now I'm comparing everyone to Boston College," Custis said. "They are my number one choice."
Custis, ranked as the No. 21 defensive end in the country by Scout.com, visited Boston College on Sept. 6, when the Eagles took on Georgia Tech. "It was a great visit. I loved everything about it," he said. "It's a great college atmosphere and they have everything you could want from a football standpoint too. They also have great academics and are a prestigious program."
The Eagles are recruiting him the hardest. "They are a pretty good team and they are still improving," he said. "They are doing as good as they were the last few years, but I think they'll be getting better.
"I really liked how the guys looked out for each other," he said. "You sense they have a great team unity there."
According to Custis, the Eagles lead solidly over Northwestern, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Stanford.
The only other official visit he's already taken was to Wisconsin on Oct. 4 for the Ohio State game. "Madison is a great college town," he said. "You can just feel the excitement on the campus. The game was huge and everyone showed up. It's an amazing environment for football."
Custis says the three things that he's looking for in a school are 1) academics, 2) football and 3) social life. "I want football to be on the side," he said. "If I didn't have football in my life I'd want to make sure the school would still be a place I'd go too.
"I really want to go where they have a great business program," he said. "But I still want to have fun too, so the social life is going to be important too."
Although he hasn't scheduled an exact date yet, Custis says he plans to visit Notre Dame in November. "Notre Dame is a great school," he said. "Besides the prestige and academics they also have great football tradition."
But the thing about the Irish that stands out the most in Custis's mind is their family atmosphere. "It really feels like a family there," he said. "It's more about family there than the other schools. They are all really close and have a good bond with each other."
On Dec. 6, Custis will be taking his official visit to Northwestern and hopes to visit Stanford in either late December or early January.
"Northwestern is another one of those schools that seems to have a good mix of academics, football and social life," he said. "It's also a young team and they are up-and-coming, so it's a good chance to go in and play early."
While Custis says that Boston College is his favorite, his mom has a top two. "She likes both Boston College and Stanford," he said. "They both have top business programs and she feels like those schools would help me the most with my future."
Custis is being recruited by Cardinal special teams coach D.J. Durkin, who echoes his mom's sentiments. "He says that at Stanford they really take care of you and that they have real good connections and alumni support after you graduate.
"He also told me that they see using me as a pass rusher and that I could help get them to the next level," Custis said. "They are getting better every year and they've produced some pretty good players."
Growing up, Custis followed Ohio State, but says the Buckeyes never recruited him, despite attending their camp this summer. "When you live near Columbus all there is is Ohio State," he said. "That's what everybody watches."
All of the schools mentioned have offered Custis as well as Indiana, Michigan State, Purdue, Cincinnati, North Carolina State and Eastern Michigan.
"I originally wanted to commit before Christmas, but I'm probably going to wait because of my Stanford trip and decide after that," he said.
Custis has helped lead his team to a perfect 8-0 record with around 50 tackles and four sacks.
"I use my quickness to get to the quarterback," he said. "I have really good reach and moves. I attack hard. I love being in a controlled-attack mode."
He says he can bench press 270-pounds and squat 430.
"I always try to get better," Custis said. "I want to squeeze the tackle better and improve my strength."
Custis plans on majoring in business and reports a 3.8 core GPA and a 24 ACT.