Signing Day Relief for Davis

The faxing of his Letter-of-Intent to North Carolina meant Kedrick Davis escaped the grueling recruiting process unscathed.

"It's just a relief because these last few weeks have been real stressful for me," Davis said. "I had a couple of big schools coming at me."

Kentucky and Louisville had continued to recruit Davis while Ohio State, who currently employs former UNC interim head coach Everett Withers, recently offered the 5-foot-9, 157-pound wide receiver from Charlotte (N.C.) Berry.

"Coach Withers told me they needed a guy that would bring speed to the team," Davis said. "With the new transition with Urban Meyer, they needed guys like me."

Davis took an official visit to Louisville in mid-December amid UNC's coaching change, but trips to Kentucky and Ohio State never materialized.

"Carolina didn't let me go to Kentucky or Ohio State," Davis said. "I talked to the [UNC] coaches and we pretty much have an understanding. So I decided that I was going to be firm on my decision."

When faced with the ultimatum, the choice was easy to make for Davis. He decided to honor his commitment, which he made during UNC's June camp.

"When the new coaches came and I learned what type of offense they ran, I was more excited, because the offense favored me more," Davis said. "Coach [Gunter] Brewer and Coach [Larry] Fedora had a big impact [on my decision to stick with UNC]. They both just bring a lot of energy. I could see myself learning from them, being with them the next four or five years, and I feel they have what it takes to get me as a young man where I need to be in life."

Furthermore, Brewer and Fedora expect Davis to make an immediate impact.

"They're not going to red-shirt me," Davis said. "I'm going to be getting early playing time and they expect me to catch the ball and score points with my skills."

Now that his recruitment has concluded, Davis' focus is defending his state title in the 100-meter dash.

"Track season starts in a week," Davis said. "I've got to defend my title. As of right now, [my 100 time] is probably at 10.8 [seconds], but once I start conditioning, getting back in the groove, and stop drinking all this soda, I'll be back down again. I'm trying to get a mid-10.3 – I just want to break the 10.3 barrier."

Despite starting last season running in the 11-second range, Davis broke the NCHSAA 2A record in the 100-meter dash with a 10.47-second time. He also participates in the 200-meter dash, and 4x100 and 4x200 relays.

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