Davis Eager To Begin UNC Career

Future Tar Heel Derrick Davis was among the recruits that were on hand for North Carolina's opener against Middle Tennessee on Saturday.

"I thought the atmosphere was great and I can't wait to get up there for good," Davis said.

Davis, a 6-foot, 282-pound defensive tackle from Lexington (N.C.) Central Davidson, will arrive at UNC as a preferred walk-on. He accepted that opportunity over scholarship offers from Appalachian State, Campbell, Davidson, Duke, Harvard, NC State, Princeton, and Yale.

"I grew up a Tar Heel fan and it's always been a dream to play there," Davis said. "Plus, I feel like I can go there, do work, and get a scholarship in the first year."

Chris Kapilovic, who is recruiting Davidson County for UNC, told Davis that the potential to eventually earn a scholarship offer is "pretty high."

"He said I would have had [an offer] this year if they would have had larger numbers, because they're still dealing with sanctions" Davis said. "They didn't have many to give out this year."

Keith Gilmore, UNC's defensive line coach, has told Davis that depending on need he could end up playing either nose tackle or three-technique for UNC.

Davis has played all along Central Davidson's D-line. In the 2013 season opener, he started at nose tackle, but has since moved to defensive end. In those three games, he has accumulated 20 tackles and four sacks.

"[Central Davidson] just put me against the other team's No. 1 offensive lineman," Davis said.

Besides watching UNC score its first victory of the season on Saturday, Davis spent time with the players in the locker room during pregame and hung out with several defensive linemen afterwards.

Throughout his stay, Davis conversed with the handful of UNC pledges that were on hand. In particular, he spent a lot of time with fellow D-lineman Robert Dinkins.

"We've talked some in the past, but we talked a lot [on Saturday]," Davis said. "We might actually try to be roommates. He's a fun guy to be around and an all-around good guy."

Additionally, Davis had a lengthy conversation with Gilmore.

"He asked me how my game went Friday and then what their game plan was [and] who's starting where," Davis said. "He told me he couldn't wait for me to get up there."

Davis is unsure how frequently he'll return to Chapel Hill for games this fall, but he knows he'll be in attendance for "Zero Dark Thursday" against Miami and the regular season finale against Duke.


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