Signee Update: Kedrick Davis

Kedrick Davis signed with North Carolina for football, but during the spring his concentration is on his track season and defending his crown in the 100-meter dash.

"I'm waiting for my turn over to kick in so I can start dropping time a little bit more," the 5-foot-9, 165-pound wide receiver from Charlotte (N.C.) Berry Academy said. "Basically, weather and competition helps my speed turn over. Around this time last year that was when I started to turn over my speed and my time started dropping."

Davis's fastest time this year is 10.7 seconds. Last season, it wasn't until the NCHSAA 2A State Track and Field Meet at the end of the season that he registered his personal fastest time of 10.47 seconds, which also happened to be the NCHSAA 2A State record.

"At my next track meet, my time should drop a good bit," Davis said.

This season, Berry has moved up a classification to 3A. But being one of the top sprinters in the state regardless of classification, Davis feels his chances remain high to repeat as his classification's 100-meter dash champion.

"Right now, my hardest competition is probably my teammate, Camron Hudson," Davis said with a laugh. "Practices are very competitive."

Along with Hudson and Clemson football signee Germone Hopper, Davis is part of the state's top ranked 4x100 relay team. Davis also participates in the 200-meter dash and 4x200 relay.

Like his 100-meter time, Davis's 200 time is primed to improve. His best this season is 21.8 seconds, but he ended with a 21.56-second best time as a junior.

Because of his track season, Davis hasn't been able to follow the workout regimen UNC sent him. He spends roughly one day a week in the weight room following as much of the workout as possible.

"Once track is over, I'm going to hit it hard," Davis said.

Despite all the running he does, Davis has actually put on weight since his senior football season ended. He is currently maintaining 165 pounds. He would like to arrive at UNC at 175 pounds.

Davis keeps in constant contact with UNC through Gunter Brewer, the Tar Heels' wide receivers coach. Most recently, the two spoke last Thursday.

"He was just telling me to make sure I finish strong and how he's looking forward to all the players coming up and for the season to start," Davis said.

UNC plans to use Davis as a slot receiver in its one-back spread offense.

"They said I would run short routes and sweeps," Davis said. "They just want to get me the ball in space.

"They're waiting to see how I progress, but I'll probably touch the field this season because of the new offense and the demand for wide receivers."

Since his high school jersey number, No. 6, is worn by sophomore wide receiver Sean Tapley, Davis is hoping to sport No. 16 for UNC.

"I've wore No. 6 since my younger years," Davis said. "I'm fine with 16 – as long as it has a 6 in it."

Davis, who is projected as a qualifier by the NCAA Clearinghouse and has already been accepted into UNC, will arrive on campus on June 21 for the second summer semes

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