2012 Intro: Drew Davis

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- When accepting East Chapel Hill High School's head coach position a year ago, Bill Renner created a unique connection between the high school and North Carolina.

Renner became the coach of Drew Davis, the son of Butch Davis, who is the head coach of UNC -- where Renner's son, Bryn, is a red-shirt freshman quarterback.

"It kind of almost seems like a little family," Renner said. "… Drew and I are here together all the time. When I go to Carolina games [to see my son play], [Drew] is there. And then his dad and Bryn would come to our games in the beginning of the year."

Drew Davis, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound quarterback, was actually instrumental in Renner becoming East Chapel Hill's head coach. Around the time the position opened up, Renner, who had resigned as West Springfield's head coach following the 2009 season to better follow his son's collegiate career at UNC, was looking at assistant opportunities in Raleigh.

"Drew was with Bryn at the time he found out [about the opening] so Bryn called me and put Drew on the phone," Renner said. "He said ‘Hey, this job [opened up]. Are you interested?' From there, I looked into the job [and] applied."

During his coaching career, Renner has helped groom three quarterbacks into Division I-A passers – his son, Peter Lalich (Virginia), and Michael Nebrich (Connecticut). Renner believes Davis has the potential to become his fourth.

"When Drew makes the plays this year that he's going to make, yes [he'll be a Division I-A quarterback]," Renner said. "… I would say he's a late bloomer – only from the standpoint that he hadn't really done the training [during his] freshman [and] sophomore years that a program would have provided him. That is the year round throwing [and] the year round lifting, which hadn't been an emphasis at East [Chapel Hill] prior.

"[Davis] has improved so much from June 21 when I walked into this door, because he has made a commitment to do the lifting, the running, and the throwing all the time. So what I've seen, if he continues to do the work – his arm is so much stronger [and] his mechanics are so much better – he'll go into the season with the tools to be a D1 player. The next thing is he has to go make the plays."

Last season, Davis showed flashes of the potential Renner envisions before an injury to his non-throwing shoulder derailed his season. In six games, he threw for 1,636 yards and 17 touchdowns on 135-of-237 passing (57-percent), and rushed for 172 yards and three touchdowns on 49 carries.

"We run what people would classify as a spread offense – meaning we put four or five wideouts pretty much out all the time," Renner said. "We ask [Davis] to distribute the ball to the people who need to get the ball. If for whatever reason during the play that's not possible, then he needs to make a play [with his feet]…

"He did a really nice job and showed me that he does have the ability to make the plays when he needs to make the plays."

Despite his limited play, Davis has attracted interest from colleges, including Alabama, Connecticut, Duke, Oregon, TCU, Wake Forest, and obviously UNC.

"I don't want to be given any situation," Davis said. "I think it's everyone's dream to get a scholarship. That's my mindset and goal."

Just because his father is the head coach of UNC doesn't mean Davis is a lock to eventually become a Tar Heel.

"I definitely want to take the process as it comes, keep my mind open, and see what happens," Davis said. "I definitely, with my dad and mom, want to take a couple of visits and want to make sure whatever decision I make is the right decision for me."

Davis will take his first true recruiting visit on Saturday when he attends Wake Forest's Junior Day.

Like most quarterbacks, Davis plans to attend several camps this summer. Although he's still attempting to map out his schedule, likely stops include East Carolina, UNC, Virginia, and Wake Forest.

"A lot of [what camps Davis attends] will depend on the Evaluation Period where [colleges] start pinpointing if he's on their prospect list [and] how high is he," Renner said.

Video provided by Jason Pughe of AthleteVault.com.

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