UNC Exceeds Davis's Expectations

North Carolina signee Quinshad Davis couldn't have picked a better basketball game for his first at UNC. Earlier in the month, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound wide receiver attended the rivalry game against Duke.

"It was crazy," Davis said. "The atmosphere up there was wild. It exceeded my expectations.

"When we were walking across the court at halftime, everybody was looking and a couple people were talking to me, it made me feel important."

Davis has a big basketball game of his own coming up. This Friday night, he leads Gaffney (S.C.) into the SCHSL 4A Championship game against Lexington (S.C.).

"I just want to help my teammates and my team's focus – get their mind in the right place, because we went to the state [title game] in football and lost," Davis said. "It would mean a lot [to win], because I want to get that nasty taste out of my mouth from losing states [in football]. It would mean a lot to arrive at North Carolina with two rings and come off a big win."

Davis was part of Gaffney's basketball title team in 2010. But as a sophomore, he was more of a reserve.

"Now, I'm more of an asset to the team," Davis said. "I'm more of a vocal leader. When it's time for me to score points, they can look for me to score points."

In football, Gaffney charged through the 2011 season undefeated until losing to Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes in the SCHSL Class AAAA Division I Championship game, 31-24.

"Friday night, I just want to take advantage of this second chance [at a state title]," Davis said.

Davis ended the football season with 108 receptions for 2,009 yards and 25 touchdowns. He was named the state's Gatorade Player-of-the-Year in football and was a Mr. Football finalist.

Ironically, Gaffney's opponent on Friday is headlined by its own major football prospect – Shaq Roland, the state's reining Mr. Football and a five-star prospect. Roland and Davis were teammates in the Shrine Bowl representing South Carolina.

"He's a great competitor in both football and basketball," Davis said. "I look forward to competing against him again."

Shortly following the Shrine Bowl, UNC began to truly pursue Davis. Under the previous regime, the Tar Heels recruited him. However, it wasn't until Larry Fedora brought his one-back spread offense to Chapel Hill and was in need of wide receivers that UNC offered Davis.

"It wasn't too big of a surprise that I signed there, because I see myself fitting in there," Davis said. "But if you would have told me back in November I'd sign with North Carolina, I wouldn't believe you."

In spite of the late start, UNC was able to schedule an official visit with Davis and ultimately sign him. Much of the credit goes to primary recruiter and future position coach Gunter Brewer.

"[Brewer] played a major part," Davis said. "The people he has coached, it's just crazy – it's ridiculous. I feel like he can take me to the next level, just like he took all those other guys to the next level."

UNC expects Davis to make an immediate impact on the football field.

"They told me they want to use me early," Davis said. "They told me if I'm ready to play, they're going to put me out there."

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