Davis Joins Carolina Family

GAFFNEY, S.C. — All-America Quinshad Davis ended months of suspense Wednesday, signing a letter of intent to attend the University of North Carolina.

Taking place at Gaffney's basketball gymnasium, The Burial Ground, it would coincidentally be where the 6-foot-4 wide receiver finally put suspicion about where he would attend school next fall to rest.

Patiently looking on as fellow Gaffney teammates made their college plans official, Davis gave his mother, Quinzettia Posey, a quick wink of the eye before taking the microphone at the prompting of head football coach Dan Jones.

"I choose…. the University of…. North Carolina!," said Davis, donning a hat with the school's insignia emblazoned across it and sending a once silent crowd of family, friends and classmates into a frenzy.

"Quinshad texted me yesterday and said it was UNC," Jones said. "Honestly at first I was a bit surprised, but he picked three great schools and couldn't go wrong with any one of them. He made a good choice."

Davis grabbed the attention of schools nationwide similar to how he plucked footballs out of the air during his career in a Gaffney uniform. As a senior, he caught 109 balls for 2,009 yards and 25 touchdowns en route to leading the Indians to a 14-1 record and a berth in the Class 4A-Division I title game.

As a result, he received an All-America nod from PARADE Magazine, MaxPreps and Sports Illustrated, in addition to being recognized as South Carolina's Gatorade Football Player of the Year and runner-up for the state's Mr. Football award. He also earned bids to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl and the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.

Such gaudy numbers also lured the likes of Illinois, South Carolina, Clemson, N.C. State, Mississippi, Wake Forest and Tennessee to come knocking at Davis' door. Though North Carolina arrived late in the recruiting process, the opportunity to excel in an offense catering to the talents of a wide receiver such as himself was too much to pass up.

"All three schools were very good schools; but I just felt North Carolina was the perfect fit. I really felt like I was part of the family," Davis said. "They run a similar offense to what we run here in Gaffney, one which allows receivers to go up and make plays. (University of North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora) has helped a lot of good receivers to great things, like Randy Moss, Dez Bryant and others, so I'm excited to see what I can do.

"I'm just glad this recruiting process is over."

Also hard to pass up was the chance to attend one of the nation's top business schools, the major which he plans to study while at Chapel Hill.

"We were as impressed with the school's academics as we were the football program," Posey said. "North Carolina is the No. 6 business school in the country, which was a positive as he wants to take that up as his major. All three schools were neck-in-neck, but that may have kind of put them over the top.

"It was a great experience, I'm just blessed Quinshad is going to school, has a 4.1 GPA, and is a talented football player who earned his way to college. As a mother, that is all you can ask for."

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