Recruit Reactions

What do recruits think of the dismissal of Butch Davis? Inside Carolina interviewed UNC commitments to find out ...

SHAKEEL RASHAD

"It was a school decision. As much as I would have loved for him to stay – because I had a great time every time I talked to him and I really liked him – but it's a school decision. If they felt like that's what's best and that's what they needed to do, then they had to do it. It's tough to see him go, because I had a pretty good relationship with him and it was only getting better. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to build a new relationship with whoever they select to coach and I'll be able to come to Carolina.

"I still want to go there if it's still an option. But I'm not sure what will happen with the change of coach. But I'll have to have something else planned in case something else happens. But as long as Carolina is an option, I'm still going.

"I'm waiting for it to die down. I'm going to call up sometime tomorrow. I'll probably call Coach Douglas or Coach Kaufman and see what they think about the whole thing."

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JON HECK

"It's unfortunate that it had to be this way. I would have loved to play under Coach Davis. But from the beginning when I first started to consider UNC, I knew that this was a possibility that something like this could happen. I considered that so I'm still 100-percent committed to UNC.

"I had a lot of respect for Coach Davis. He's a great coach and I think he did a lot for that program. Obviously this isn't ideal, but I'm 100-percent committed to UNC. Obviously, with the timing, I was surprised.

"I haven't talked to anyone today but Shak."

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NATE DORTCH

"It's a surprise. I don't really know what to say right now. It just surprised me big time.

"As of right now, I'm still thinking about it. But, my options are open if anything goes further down the hill.

"I did talk to Coach Douglas today. He just called me to see what was up. And he just told me about it. He just told me that they let Coach Davis go and that they would be hiring an interim coach from the staff."

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CHRISTIAN RUSSELL

"It was just shocking. I didn't expect that to happen. It was just a real big shock – I didn't expect that to happen.

"It really doesn't change anything. It just depends on how they're going to work it out at Carolina. I really don't know what's going to happen."

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PHILLIP WILLIAMSON

"I can't believe it happened. I wish it didn't happen, but it has. But I'm sorry about it.

"It doesn't affect me at all. I picked UNC because of the school and the atmosphere – I felt very comfortable around the school. I love the coaches and they have a big part of it, but I choose the school, because I love the school and have always been a fan of it.

"I haven't talked to any of the coaches. I talked to [Kedrick] Davis and he said he was going to stay committed."

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KEDRICK DAVIS

"Yesterday I was at practice when I got the news. At first, it didn't hit me. But then when I got home, I was like ‘Wow.' It was surprising. I didn't think it would happen this close to the season. When I went to camp, Coach Davis and I built a great relationship. I was looking forward to playing for him.

"It really doesn't affect [my commitment] at all. I'm still going to go there next year and play football.

"I talked to Coach [Everett] Withers [Thursday] morning. He just said if I have any questions, feel free to call. I told him I'm going there either way it goes.

"I talked to Reggie Wilkins this morning. We just basically talked about what was going on."


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