Junior Day Puts UNC in Davis's Favorites

Javaris Davis made his first visit to North Carolina on Thursday, arriving a couple hours before the Tar Heels' Junior Day began that night.

"It was great," Davis said. "I met [Ryan] Switzer and [Marquise] Williams. I talked to them and they were telling me it's a school I should come to."

Davis, a 5-foot-10, 181-pounder from Jacksonville (Fla.) Ed White, says that 30 schools have offered him. After visiting UNC on Thursday, he includes the Tar Heels within his top six schools list, along with Georgia, Maryland, Miami, Ohio State, and Wisconsin.

"All of them, their coaches talk to me every week and show a lot of interest in me," Davis said. "And I could play early for them. They have good education programs for me and my future career as a physical therapist."

Besides UNC, Davis has visited UCF, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and USF. He'll visit Miami this Saturday.

UNC assembled quite an event for Davis and the other recruits who attended Thursday's junior day, which had a Hollywood theme. They were interviewed by fake reporters on a Carolina Blue carpet, had their picture taken with Rameses, and spent ample time with the UNC coaching staff. However, the highlight of Davis's stay was UNC's thrilling victory over Duke in Thursday night's basketball game, which concluded with fans rushing the court.

"I love it," Davis said. "That's a time I will remember forever."

Throughout much of the day, Davis was with Dan Disch, who recruits northern Florida for UNC.

"He was just telling me that he would love for me to come to North Carolina," Davis said. "He said I'm No. 1 on their recruiting board. He just wants me to get a good education where ever I decide to go. If I go to North Carolina, he would look out for me and I could play early if I work hard."

Like Davis, Disch is a Jacksonville native. Also, Disch was the head coach at Ed White for 16 years.

"That has a big effect," Davis said. "He can relate to me better and knows where I'm coming from."

Davis also had a couple conversations with Larry Fedora.

"He was telling me that if I come in and work I have a great chance of early playing time," Davis said.

UNC is recruiting Davis as an athlete with an emphasis on defensive back.

Davis plays both running back and defensive back for Ed White. He finished his junior season with 976 yards and 12 touchdowns on 89 carries, and 45 yards and a score on three catches. Defensively, he had 37 tackles, 15 pass breakups, and three interceptions. He also returned two kicks to pay dirt.

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