Davon Custis, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound four-star defensive end from St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, Ohio, says that Boston College remains the team to beat. "I think they are still on top," Custis said. "Right now they're my favorite."
Although he downgraded their chances from "90 percent" last time we spoke with him to "75 percent," the Eagles still stand as the clear favorite over Northwestern and Stanford.
He visited Boston College on Sept. 6 and has favored them ever since. "I like the coaches the most," Custis admitted. "I get along well with the whole staff and I can't really say what it is about them but they feel right. They've been recruiting me since the beginning and I've really gotten to know and trust them."
Custis, ranked as the No. 21 defensive end in the country by Scout.com, also says the Eagles are also recruiting him the hardest. "They send the most handwritten letters and all the coaches take time to write me," he said.
Last week Custis hosted Eagles defensive line coach Jeff Comissiong and defensive backs coach Mike Siravo. "They really want me," he said. "They said I was the perfect fit for them and how I'd do really well in their speed defense."
Custis also visited Northwestern on Dec. 6 and says that the Wildcats reminded him of the Eagles. "It was a great visit," he said. "It was really similar to Boston College. It had the same family atmosphere and I felt like the coaches and players really took care of you and looked out for each other.
"The players were all real friendly and I felt comfortable around them," he said. "We just hung out and it felt like I was hanging out with my friends.
"I also really like how Northwestern just seems like a big football school," he said. "It really seemed like they have a lot of fan support. Also the coaches told me that they aren't very deep at defensive end and think that I could start early."
Custis visited Notre Dame, on Dec. 12 but the Irish didn't make his final three. "I was initially kind of wowed by their glamor," he said. "But I didn't feel like I fit in there. It's a prestigious program with great history, but I just couldn't see myself playing there. I felt kind of uneasy there…I can't really explain it."
But Custis did go on to explain that his uneasiness at Notre Dame has a lot to do with the perceived instability surrounding the program. "It's not even coach Charlie Weis," he said. "I think he'll be around for a while, but I'm not sure what's gonna happen with some of the assistants and other coaches.
"I really want to go to a stable program and it doesn't seem like they are right now," he said of the Irish. "That makes me a bit uncomfortable."
Wisconsin is another school that Custis officially visited (Oct. 4) that didn't make the cut. He still has one more trip left to take and will be visiting Stanford on Jan. 9.
"Stanford has a real good business school and that's what I want to major in," he said.
"I feel like they're a school I have to check out," Custis said. "I've heard it's an amazing place and want to see if they're gonna be able to change my mind. I have a feeling if any school can…it's Stanford. They are definitely in the running."
Custis finished his senior season with 75 tackles and helped lead his team to the Div. II state semifinals with a 13-1 final record.
He plans on majoring in business and reports a 3.8 core GPA and a 24 ACT.