Larry Fedora was very blunt while meeting with Malik Davis on Tuesday.
“He told me he wanted me to be a Tar Heel,” Davis said.
“It makes me feel great. It’s definitely one of my top schools that I’m going to be choosing from. So, it’s great to hear that from a school that you really like.”
Davis, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound running back from Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit, lacks a formal list of favorites. However, he says he is strongly considering Illinois, Iowa State, Kentucky, Maryland, Miami, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia, in addition to UNC. Each of those aforementioned schools has offered.
Davis says he hopes to make a commitment just before the season. But, he could take a few official visits and decide midway through the season.
Before ever visiting UNC, Davis had a strong affinity for the school. Tuesday’s visit did nothing to change those feelings.
“It really didn’t do much, because it’s what I expected,” Davis said. “I already knew it was a great school [and] beautiful campus. So, it just confirmed things.”
Davis’s UNC stay revolved around its camp that day. There, he worked out under the guidance of Larry Porter, the Tar Heels’ running backs coach.
“He’s a down-to-earth coach,” Davis said. “He’s more than just a coach – he’s a great person and that’s what I like.
“In general, they’re a very welcoming coaching staff.”
As a junior, Davis rushed for 2,373 yards and 28 touchdowns.
“[The UNC coaches] think I’ll fit in pretty well, because my school and their school run just about the same offense,” Davis said. “And they run the ball; they average about 200-something yards a game.”
UNC’s commitment list has contained a running back for a few months now – fellow Floridian Adarius Lemons. That won’t have any impact on Davis.
“It’s just competition,” Davis said. “That’s anywhere you’re going to go you’re going to have competition. I’m just ready to compete. It’s like any other school – playing time is not going to be given to you.”
Another large chunk of Davis’s UNC visit was spent touring the campus.
“I got to see all the sights,” Brown said. “It was what I expected. It was a beautiful campus.”
Besides UNC, Davis has visited Central Florida, Clemson, Georgia, Miami, NC State, South Florida, and Wake Forest. All of the out-of-state visits, including the trip to UNC, were a part of a bus tour with a group of recruits from Tampa.
Davis would like to return to UNC before he commits. But, he doesn’t have any plans to do so.