Signee Update: Quinshad Davis

Following a disappointing 31-24 loss to Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes in the SCHSL Class AAAA, Division I Football title game, North Carolina signee Quinshad Davis helped Gaffney (S.C.)'s basketball team win its second state title in three years.

"It would have felt better if I won in football, too," Davis said. "But it's a blessing to win it in basketball. It's better going out with a win in basketball than two loses."

Davis' exploits on the hardwood has the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder contemplating attempting to walk onto UNC's basketball team.

"The coaches said I could try out for it," Davis said. "I say why not try out? They have a good basketball team. If I don't make it, I'm still there for football."

In the meantime, though, Davis' focus is his football career. Since the end of his basketball season he has been practicing wide receiver drills with Gaffney's wide receivers coach and following the workout regimen UNC sends its signees.

"It's a lot different because they do a lot different lifts than we do," Davis said.

Davis conducts his lifting workouts in Gaffney's weight room alongside his former football teammates while they prepare for spring practice.

"It's a little strange not getting ready for spring practice," Davis said. "But I'm supporting them and getting ready for my time to come in college."

Davis played his senior football season at 185 pounds and maintained that weight through the basketball season, which often is difficult. He has since added 15 pounds.

"It's good weight and bad weight, I'm not going to lie," Davis said with a laugh. "I've been eating a lot and not playing any sports. My goal was 200 pounds and I'm at that goal. When I get up there, I'll be lifting and eating right so I'll probably gain ten more pounds before the football season starts."

Davis leaves for Chapel Hill on June 15 to enroll in the second summer semester. He was deemed academically qualified by the NCAA Clearinghouse as a junior and thus has been working on finalizing the paperwork needed to enroll at UNC. He'll finish the last few pages with his guidance counselor on Monday.

A couple of weeks ago, Davis was in Chapel Hill for the Tar Heels' Spring Game where he got a chance to see how much progress the team has made with Larry Fedora's newly installed offense.

"It was good for their first time running it," Davis said. "My high school runs the same offense and we actually started running it two years ago and it took us some time to get used to it. I think it will take them at least a year to get used to it."

As Davis mentioned, there are a lot of similarities in the offense UNC will run under Fedora and the offense he has played at Gaffney.

"We run four-wide all the time and its up-tempo," Davis said. "That's one of the reasons I went to North Carolina," Davis said.

As a senior, Davis was named the state's Gatorade Player-of-the-Year in football after catching 108 passes for 2,009 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Gunter Brewer, who recruited Davis to UNC and still communicates regularly with him, says that Davis's familiarity with UNC's offense will provide him an excellent chance to see the field as a true freshman.

"Coach Brewer told me if I come up there ready to play, I'm most likely going to play," Davis said. "He said if I don't come up there ready, I'm not going to play. It all depends on how I work when I get up there."

Davis hopes to continue to sport No. 14, his high school number, at UNC.

"When I came up on visits, I told them I wanted my same number," Davis said. "They told me I'd probably get it because nobody has it. Another freshman on defense, he wants it also, but you can have the same number on offense and defense."

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