UNC Has New Plan for Davis

Drew Davis visited North Carolina on Monday where the 6-foot-3, 228-pounder from Raleigh (N.C.) Broughton learned the coaching staff's new vision for him.

"I met the new D-line coach, because they want me to play defensive end," Davis said.

Last week, Davis was extended an invitation to visit through Broughton head coach Chris Martin.

"They emailed my coach and asked if I could visit," Davis said. "Of course I was going to jump on that and go on and go over there as soon as I could. I was hoping they were going to offer, because that's what I thought would happen if they asked me to come back."

Davis visited UNC in March where he toured the campus, watched a spring practice session, sat in on a linebacker meeting, spoke to linebacker coach Art Kaufman, and met with Butch Davis.

Monday's visit was spent exclusively in the office of Joe Robinson, UNC's newly hired defensive line coach.

"I went into [Robinson's] office and we just talked for about an hour," Davis said. "I got to know him pretty well. And we talked about what he would like me to do if I did end up getting an offer and going there: they want me to play defensive end. He said they're trying to get faster coming off the edge and thought I would be a good fit for that."

The meeting was Davis' first introduction to Robinson.

"I really like him," Davis said. "From what I can tell so far, he's a great guy. He's coming from a background of some great schools, so I feel like he'll definitely be a good coach. And he's easy to talk to, which is always good."

Davis starred at linebacker for Broughton last season and was exclusively being recruited for that position by every interested school up until Monday.

"I'd be fine with [playing defensive end]," Davis said. "Actually, my sophomore year I played on varsity as a weak-side linebacker and half the time I was down as a defensive end anyway. That was actually really fun for me. I would definitely have fun doing that.

"I would definitely have to put on a few pounds. They told me I would have to be at about 250 [pounds] or so, which I don't think is unreasonable. I think I could put that weight on."

Davis, who has been offered a scholarship by Western Michigan, also was updated on the status of a possible UNC offer.

"They want me to still go to their camp and see how my footwork is," Davis said. "And also, I think they're going to visit this spring [during the Evaluation Period]."

Davis says he's "definitely" attending one day of UNC's camp. He also plans on camping at NC State and Wake Forest.

"From what it sounds like [the UNC coaches] are still trying to find out what I'm going to be," Davis said. "So I'll probably work out at linebacker, also [in addition to defensive end]."

Through his visits to the campus – three recruiting trips this spring and countless times as a fan during his youth – Davis is beginning to favor UNC.

"When I went to [UNC's] spring game and I saw all the kids running around getting their jerseys signed, it reminded me of what I used to do," Davis said. "I grew up with [UNC] season tickets and we used to always get autographs. I remember getting Brandon Spoon's autograph when I was little. So [seeing that during the spring game] brought back some good memories.

"I definitely like UNC. But I just want to play football somewhere, so I'm keeping an open mind about it."

If UNC does happen to offer Davis, a verbal commitment could be forthcoming.

"If I didn't have any other offers, I would definitely accept the offer from UNC," Davis said.

Besides UNC, Davis is receiving significant interest from Clemson, Maryland, NC State, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.

On Saturday, Davis attended NC State's Spring Game.

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