Alabama is one of several colleges taking a look at RB Travis Custis, who is committed to Georgia Tech.
The 6-foot, 205-pounder from Lovejoy High School has had a breakout senior season: Custis has rushed for 2,058 yards and 35 touchdowns while leading Lovejoy to the state championship game for the second year in a row.
How good is Custis? His coach says he is better than Tashard Choice, the former Lovejoy RB who starred at Georgia Tech and now plays for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.
“We’ve had a lot of good football players at Lovejoy High School, and (Custis) is the best one we’ve had,” Lovejoy’s Al Hughes said. “He broke all of Tashard’s (rushing) records last year, and he’s working on his own records this year.”
How does Custis compare to Tashard? “He’s a better football player overall. First of all he’s bigger and faster. Statistically, he’s broken all of Tashard’s records.”
Like with any elite prospect, Custis will be recruited by other colleges until February’s signing day.
“There has been interest from the East to the West; you just take your pick,” Hughes said. “People like Wisconsin are in here constantly. They’re a tailback-oriented team. They think he would do a great job dotting their I-formation. You go throughout the Southeast: You’ve got Mississippi State, and Arkansas … all those guys are recruiting. He’s hearing from UCLA, he’s got Michigan.
“Late last summer, he committed to Georgia Tech. He’s going to stay solid to his commitment. I don’t know what everybody else thinks. But I think he’s going to Georgia Tech.”
What about Alabama? The Crimson Tide already have three commitments at running back, including Walton High School’s Tyren Jones. Alabama hopes to land a fourth with Norcross High School’s Alvin Kamara, who has the Crimson Tide and UGA as his co-leaders, with Oregon in the mix.
There’s a connection between Alabama and Lovejoy: Former Lovejoy assistant Paul Gonella is the new Director of Player Personnel at Alabama. “He has known Travis the whole time,” Hughes said. “When he was at Purdue, they were recruiting Travis like crazy. When he got to Alabama, I guess he brought Travis’ name into the mix down there.
“They’ve got a lot of great players at Alabama. I know they are recruiting the heck out of Kamara. I imagine Travis is a a guy they’ve heard a little bit about, and want to hear more about.”
Will Custis visit other schools? “As far as I know, he’s committed to Georgia Tech and has done what he’s going to do.”
Custis and Tri-Cities OL Shamire DeVine are considered the top prospects in Georgia Tech’s 2013 class.
Lovejoy plays against Norcross for the Class AAAAAA state championship at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Here are some of Lovejoy’s other prospects:
Will definitely have quick impact at Georgia Tech RT @recruitingajc: Embarrassing Travis Custis is not in top 50 of GA recruiting rankings
— Matt Stewart (@matt_stewartcss) December 11, 2012
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