Davon Custis, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound four-star defensive end from St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, Ohio, still has three official visits left to take but admits it's going to take a lot to knock off his favorite school from the top spot.
Custis, ranked as the No. 21 defensive end in the country by Scout.com, continues to favor Boston College big over Notre Dame, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Stanford. All of his favorites have offered and he says there's about a "90 percent chance" he'll sign with the Eagles.
"They are still my number one choice," Custis said. "I still have a few visits to take so we'll see, but the only school in my top five I've never been to is Stanford."
He will be tripping to Stanford on Jan. 8 and says the Cardinal, along with the Eagles are recruiting him the hardest. "(Defensive end) Coach D.J. Durkin gave me the number for Terrence Stephens (committed Cardinal four-star defensive tackle from Maryland) because he thought we had a lot in common.
"Terrance and I are both East Coast guys and we're both from single-parent families," Custis said about his budding relationship with Stephens. "I've been talking to him but we just talk about regular stuff. He's been pretty helpful with the application stuff because Stanford has a different process and he's already done his applications."
Custis, who has approximately 15 offers, believes he could help Stanford's defense. "I think I could be a great asset to their team," he said. "I think they need more pass rushing and I'd be able to fit in well in that defense."
But the Cardinal have a significant uphill climb to overtake Custis' top choice, Boston College. "They seem to really want me," he said. "I always have these great long telephone conversations with the coaches and I feel like I've gotten to know them all pretty well."
Custis visited Boston College officially on Sept. 6. "I've talked with all the coaches and I'm real comfortable with them."
Although he wasn't in attendance, Custis watched the Boston College/Notre Dame game on TV and came away even more impressed with the Eagles. "I thought BC played great against Notre Dame," he said. "The defense was outstanding and they are looking good. They really handed it to Notre Dame."
Custis admits he was having a hard time being neutral when Boston College was playing so well, but says that the game won't have an impact on his opinion of the Irish.
"I thought that as the season went on that Notre Dame would be great," he said. "They've had some moments where they really look amazing, but at other times they really struggle. I think they'll keep improving because they have great coaches and that's another school where I think I could make an impact at."
The team that surprised Custis the most this season is Northwestern and he'll be visiting the Wildcats on Dec. 6. "I know in the past they've been a pretty average team, but they really improved this year," he said. "I think they'll have a bright future."
Custis already visited Wisconsin on Oct. 4.
DeSales High is 12-0 and in the third round of the Div. II playoffs. Custis is their leading tackler with over 60 tackles and also has five sacks.
Custis plans on majoring in business and reports a 3.8 core GPA and a 24 ACT.