Initially, Davis, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound athlete from Washington (D.C.) Maret School, grabbed the attention of UNC's previous staff with his performance at the Tar Heels' camp this past summer. Shortly thereafter, several additional schools began showing interest in him with a handful sending scholarship offers his way.
Just as Davis was getting ready to make his collegiate decision in August, Butch Davis was dismissed as head coach. Despite a strong interest in UNC, the uncertainty forced Sean Davis to not consider the school. He ended up verbally committing to Maryland.
Recently, one of UNC's new coaches phoned Davis.
"He just wanted to get to know me, I guess," Davis said. "He said my name was still up on [their recruiting] board when the new staff got there and they were still interested in me."
The conversation also included discussions regarding possibly scheduling an official visit to UNC.
"As of now, I don't have an offer [from UNC], so I'm solid to my commitment to Maryland," Davis said. "[UNC] is showing interest, but like I said, I'm solid to Maryland."
In addition to the late restart, also working against UNC is that the new staff is recruiting Davis as a safety in its 4-2-5 defense, whereas Maryland – and UNC's previous staff – likes him at cornerback, his preferred position.
During his senior year, Davis lined up at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, cornerback, and free safety, and returned punts and kickoffs. No matter where he was on the field, his opponents where well aware of his location.
"It was tougher than my junior season, because I was double and triple covered," Davis said. "I believe [the extra action] was because teams knew I was a D1 player. It was hard to put up big numbers, but overall I think it went well."
The extra action didn't stop Davis from receiving all-conference and second team All-Met honors.