CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- North Carolina was the first school to offer Jordan Davis, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound defensive tackle who will likely become Mallard Creek's next big-time recruit.
"Jordan is still very, very raw as far as technique is concerned," said Mallard Creek defensive coordinator Tripp Stone. "But, I think -- of course -- he's best days are ahead of him. And he's getting a lot better, as far as getting in shape and his work ethic from rep to rep. He's learning how to use his hands better and he's getting tougher to block.
"He is unbelievably huge. And when he keeps his pads down, he's pretty much unblockable. We have guys [on our offensive line] that are going all over the country [for college], and Jordan is just so big and athletic and massive of plugging up gaps and giving us a push any time we go pass rush."
Most students transfer into Mallard Creek with an eye towards playing for its nationally recognized football program. Not Davis. When he transferred in from Huntersville (N.C.) Hopewell a year ago, he had basketball aspirations.
"My family moved here and I was going to play basketball originally," Davis said. "And Coach P [Mike Palmieri] talked me into playing football."
Davis, who didn't play football at Hopewell, spent the entire 2015 season on Mallard Creek's JV squad.
"He wasn't real experienced," Stone said. "But, he practiced with us all year and he was an eight-quarter kid.
"We're expecting big things for him this year, because he should start for us in the middle."
To improve those chances, Davis has given up basketball to concentrate solely on football.
In mid-June, Davis took his first recruiting trip. Along with several teammates, he participated in North Carolina's camp that day. Unfortunately, his camp work out was cut short due to heat exhaustion. Despite missing a good portion of the camp, Davis was offered a scholarship.
"I met with the defensive line coach, Tray Scott, at the end of the day after camp ended," Davis said. "He told me that he was offering me, but I need to step up my game. He wanted me to be more conditioned.
"The offer means a lot. It means that I have the ability to do it -- I just have to focus up and do it. I didn't even think I was going to get an offer and then when I actually got that offer, it's an amazing feeling.
"It's a good school. It's a great education. It's a great football program -- it's probably on the top of the ACC."
The following day, NC State also offered Davis after he was a full participant in the Wolfpack's camp.
Davis returned to both aforementioned schools in July. Although camps were taking place on each campus, he watched from the sidelines and spent time with the coaching staffs.
"Probably both those two schools are sticking out right now, because they're the only ones to have offered and the only ones I've been to," Davis said. "We'll have to see what time shows. There are still plenty of time for me to get more offers. I don't plan on making a decision soon."
In addition to returning to UNC and NC State, Davis hopes to visit Florida State and West Virginia this coming football season.
Davis grew up a Texas A&M fan, primarily because a childhood friend of his had a cousin that play for the Aggies... Davis is considering majoring in history in college.