Davis playing for the love of the game

UPDATE 7/30: Davis has been offered by Army.

Chuck Davis has faced many obstacles in his football career. From being told he was too small to play, to being rated lower than many thought he should have been, Davis has persevered.

He pushed on because the one thing he has loved more than anything else has been football.

“Football means life basically. I’ve been playing it since before I could walk. It’s all I’ve ever known. It’s all I’ve ever worked hard for. It means everything,” Davis said in a phone interview on Wednesday.

Picture provided by Chuck Davis
Picture provided by Chuck Davis

It’s why he doesn’t care how many offers he receives. The chance to play football at the next level is all he wants.

“It means the world to get so many offers. Coming into freshman year I didn’t know anything about offers. I didn’t know if I’d play. People always were telling me I was too small,” Davis said emotionally. “It just means a lot that I get my pick of such great schools to play at the next level.”

Chuck Davis currently attends Broad Run High School in Virginia where he plays in the secondary on the football team. He resides in Ashburn, Virginia and is a member of the Class of 2015.

Indiana and Wisconsin have been widely reported as the top two schools Davis is considering, a report that the defensive back confirmed.

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Wisconsin is towards the top of the list because of their football program’s reputation, according to Davis.

“Coach [Chris] Beatty says he loves how aggressive I am, how I play when the ball is around me, and how much Wisconsin loves me. They want me to come down and play some ball,” Davis said.

The Badgers want him to play early, but he will have to work his way up to start freshman year. Indiana, however, has told Davis they want him to start his freshman year.

“If I do start freshman year I’ll be ahead of the game, and I like that,” Davis said.

Picture provided by Chuck Davis
Picture provided by Chuck Davis

The rising senior plans to major in business in college and likes the prestigious program at Indiana. The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University was ranked the eighth best business school in the country by Bloomberg Business Week in 2014.

Other schools still in the mix to land Chuck Davis are North Carolina, Marshall, and Navy.

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Davis hopes to still receive more offers. He says Tennessee, Boston College, and Wake Forest are all recruiting him heavily.

Schools are recruiting Davis to play cornerback, despite the 5-10, 170 pound athlete being used to playing safety. He says he hopes to work on his technique at cornerback this season.

Picture provided by Chuck Davis
Picture provided by Chuck Davis

Whether it’s playing safety or cornerback, Davis says colleges like his aggressive nature on the football field. Despite this “attack-first” thought process, Davis is still barely given a three star rating.

“I think I’m underrated. I have been told that in the past. It’s okay though. I’m still working,” Davis explained. “It’s motivated me a lot because I definitely need to work harder to better myself and prove myself.”

This season will serve as the time Davis needs to begin to prove himself. He hopes to make his decision before the season begins in August.

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Davis has the passion needed to play the game of football. He has had it engrained in his nature since he was an infant.

It’s the passion that has scouts from high caliber schools come knocking on his door. It’s the passion that has him thinking about his future. It’s the passion that will carry him to wherever he wants to go.

“I’m blessed,” Davis said softly at the end of the Wednesday afternoon phone conversation. “I’m truly blessed.”

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Michael co-founded The Left Bench in November of 2013. He is the Business Director of the site, and he continues to write feature stories for TLB. Michael is a UMD student Class of 2016 and a New Jersey native. Don't insult Jersey. He will find you.