Practice Tour: Kedrick Davis

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- For Kedrick Davis's senior season, Berry Academy is moving up a classification from 2A to 3A.

"Since we're moving up, I'm just looking to step my game up a lot," Davis said. "I want to play harder [and] play smarter."

If anyone knows about "stepping his game up" it's Davis. The 5-foot-9, 157-pounder began last track season running 100-meter dash times in 11 seconds only to end it with a NCHSAA 2A Championship and the record in the 100-meter dash (10.47 seconds).

"Really, I don't know how to explain it," Davis said. "I guess I just wanted to stop settling for 11.0 and 10.8s. So I just began working out more and I just worked out more intense. We had a new coach and he understood where I was coming from, so he helped me along with that."

With its classification move comes a conference change. The Cardinals will be playing in the MEGA 7 Conference, where they'll have to battle the likes of Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic and Charlotte (N.C.) Olympic.

"We just want to stay as competitive as possible," Berry head football coach Andrew Howard said. "… The competition is going to be a little bit stiffer. We'd love to be 11-3 again this year, but we have a lot tougher schedule. We have a big senior class with three kids going to All-American games after the season, so the expectations are there."

Davis was selected to play in the USMC All-American Game on Jan. 3 in Phoenix, Ariz.

In addition to playing slot receiver and returning punts and kickoffs like last season, Davis will see reps at defensive back this year for Berry.

"Kedrick does a lot for us," Howard said. "… We're going to move him around a lot. He's a senior, so we're expecting big things out of him. He's a very deadly weapon with his ‘Class A' speed."

North Carolina, the school he committed to in mid-June, is primarily recruiting Davis as a wide receiver. But the staff has let him know that he could end up elsewhere once he's on campus.

"Right now, I'm probably going to be playing offense," Davis said. "But when I get there, you never know. A lot depends on the depth chart.

"It doesn't really bother me, because I like cornerback and I like receiver. But, I'd much rather prefer to stay on the offensive side of the ball."

Although firm in his commitment to UNC, Davis plans to take an unofficial visit to Kentucky. Davis said he's been planning the Kentucky trip well before Butch Davis was dismissed.

"I just don't know when [that visit will take place], because my schedule is so busy," Davis said. "I was supposed to go up this week. My mom and I need to work on getting plane tickets.

"I just want to visit [another school] so I have something to compare it to UNC. UNC is really the only visit I took."

A couple of weeks ago, Davis attended UNC's first preseason practice.

"Everything seems fine to me," Davis said. "[The practice] was really up-tempo. I was real excited to be out there on the field."

Before practice, Davis sat in on a wide receiver position meeting, conducted by Charlie Williams.

"It's a lot more technical," Davis said. "The plays are a lot harder and more detailed. It's something that you have to catch onto and pay attention to.

"[Williams] is a good teacher. He coached some good wide receivers, so I'm pretty sure he knows what he's doing."

Before ending his most recent UNC stay, Davis met with Everett Withers. It was one of the latest conversations he's had with Withers since he was promoted to interim head coach.

"I talked to him on the phone the night before, because he was the one that recruited me throughout the whole process and offered me the scholarship," Davis said. "So, him and I have a pretty good relationship. He just said he was excited to have me up and I would get to go to a position meeting and see how they're run, what type of offense they run, and how the players interact with each other.

"When I talked to him the day after [he was promoted to interim head coach], he just kept it real with me. He said it all hit them at a bad time, but there was nothing they could do about it. He just asked me if I was still firm. And I told him I was. He thanked me for my loyalty."

Since committing to UNC, Davis has been attempting to recruit teammates Germone Hopper and Nick Dawson for the Tar Heels.

"Right now, Hopper is still committed to Clemson and I don't think he's going anywhere," Davis said. "But as far as Nick, he's still undecided. Louisville might be his spot, but he's not telling anybody. Chapel Hill is in his top three schools, along with Clemson and Louisville."

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