ND On The Rise With Custis

Custis could visit South Bend before school starts

Four-star defensive end Davon Custis recently listed his top-five schools as Boston College, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Indiana and Northwestern. Another program is quickly on the rise, and could find itself among the Columbus, Ohio product's leaders before the summer ends.

That school is Notre Dame.

Thursday night, Davon Custis and his mother finally caught up with Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator Corwin Brown, to talk about the 6-foot-5, 220-pound St. Francis DeSales High standout's scholarship offer.

"I guess what I heard from the school so far, it seems like a close family and I like those kind of schools, close family schools, and that's why they went up a little on my list," Custis explained. His list also contains offers from places like Virginia, West Virginia, Stanford, Pittsburgh, Louisville and Cincinnati and a few more.

"Also, I know they had a not so great season last year, but I think they could turn it around and maybe even win a championship if you put your mind to it."

Custis got some extensive time on the phone with Weis.

"I like how he talks," Custis stated. "We talked a little bit about how I need to go up there and see the campus for myself and that's about it."

Custis said that Brown really likes his skills as a pass rusher. He had around 10 sacks last season in helping DeSales to a 12-1 record and a spot in the regional finals.

Both Irish coaches also made a strong impression on Custis' mother.

"Coach Weis was emphasizing he'd like us to come out and see their campus, and I said I'd plan on making more of an effort than I had been doing, with the gas prices and everything," Novecia Custis explained. "And he said he is very impressed with Davon, not just for his football capabilities which are evident, but even more impressed with the seriousness he takes in his education (3.7 GPA, 24 ACT).

"I told him that we're looking at a lot of schools right now and we're doing what other schools have been doing and we're ranking the schools. He said just keep us in mind and please come out and see us. I told Davon, I'm going to look at the calendar and see if there is a weekend we can come out there because it is not too bad of a drive. We are going to try and make it out there before school starts in August."

Custis said he plans on keeping in touch with the Irish staff now that he's talked with them, and likely won't make a college decision until after taking some official visits.

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