The verbal offer is a result of Davis' performance during UNC's "Beast of the Hill" seven-on-seven passing league, which the 6-foot-1, 175-pound cornerback from Washington (D.C.) Maret attended alone.
"[UNC] asked me to come back," Davis said. "They wanted me to work more with Coach [Everett] Withers, because when I camped there in June I had originally planned to just go to Duke and Wake Forest. I was looking for a ride [to the area] and some friends were going to North Carolina, but they were going to UNC's camp first. So I decided to go with them and just show up at [UNC's] camp. I made an impression on all of the coaches and they were all shocked, but they had no idea who I was – I wasn't even on their mailing list. They didn't want to just offer me right then and there without knowing who I was. So they asked me to come down again and work out for them a second time."
During UNC's camp in June, Davis was one of 20 to 30 other defensive backs being instructed by assistant coaches Troy Douglas and Withers. At the "Beast of the Hill," he was one of three – and sometimes the only prospect – working out with Withers.
"It was great [at the ‘Beast of the Hill'], because I got to really interact with Coach Withers and laugh a little bit," Davis said. "I got to see what he was about – his coaching style. He's a great guy, so I really had a great time working out with him."
Davis, who attended several camps throughout the east coast the past two months, didn't receive his first scholarship offer until June 15 when Division I-AA James Madison offered. Division I-A schools Boston College, Connecticut, Marshall, and Maryland soon followed suit and several others increased their interest level.
"UVa asked if I would commit if they offered me," Davis said.
At the conclusion of his camp schedule, UNC was Davis' clear cut leader. That all changed when Butch Davis was dismissed last Wednesday.
"UNC is still a great school – academically as well as athletically," Davis said. "But Butch Davis was a big part of why I liked UNC. But I worked out with Coach Withers and I know what he's about."
Butch Davis' dismissal has opened the door for Boston College, Connecticut, and Maryland to become Sean Davis's top three favorite schools.
"Boston College has a great education, they're in a great location – major city, they have a great alumni, [and] a great football school," Davis said.
"With Maryland, I like the coaches. I got interested in them because of Coach [Randy] Edsall coming from UConn – a local school and local guy and playing for him.
"UConn [has] great facilities, great people, great coaches, and great players."
Davis admits, though, that UNC can regain the ground it lost starting with a conversation with Withers, who Davis hasn't spoken to since the "Beast of the Hill."
"I'm looking forward to speaking with him," Davis said. "They have to show me love, because there was a major setback for them, plus with all the investigations. If they want me, then they're going to have to show it. And they could be back up top."
Time is running out, though. Davis plans to make a verbal commitment by the end of the month.
"I'm just taking it all in," Davis said. "I'm just not ready right now. It's a big decision and I've got to take everything into consideration – the good and the bad – and see where I best fit in, where I can get my best education, and play big time football.
"At the same time, my junior year after the season it got a little hectic with all the college coaches coming in. It was stressful. I just want to know what school I'm going to and be able to concentrate on my senior year."
Between now and when he makes his collegiate decision, Davis won't make any recruiting trips.
"I'm done visiting schools," Davis said. "I'm talking to my parents, relatives, and people close to me."