In-State QB Jack Davidson Spurns Offers to Walk on UNC

The Shrine Bowl's "Most Outstanding Offensive Player" will be added to UNC's roster.

North Carolina didn't sign a quarterback on Wednesday with the 2017 class, but the Tar Heels will still add one of the state's top passers to its roster. Jack Davidson has decided to accept a preferred walk-on opportunity at UNC.

"I got a text from [Myers Park head coach] Coach [Scott] Chadwick that said, 'Call this number and it was Coach [Keith] Heckendorf's number," Davidson said. "And Coach Heckendorf said, 'If you get into [UNC], you have a spot [on our roster].'

"And then I guess yesterday Coach Heckendorf talked to Coach [Larry] Fedora and they decided to give me a preferred walk-on offer. And I said I was in."

During his recruitment, Davidson, a 6-foot-3, 203-pounder from Charlotte (N.C.) Myers Park, received scholarship offers from Appalachian State, East Carolina, and Charlotte. FCS programs Coastal Carolina, Mercer, Brown, and Yale also offered him a scholarship.

"I was reluctant to commit to those schools," Davidson said. "I jumped on [the preferred walk-on opportunity from UNC] for one, North Carolina is the home school. Being from Charlotte, probably 50-percent of my friends are die-hard Carolina fans. It's kind of like the hometown team of Charlotte. It's really cool to be able to play close to home and be able to play for a program that I've been closely, closely following my whole life."

Despite not signing a quarterback in this class, UNC lost its 2016 starter, Mitch Trubisky, early to the NFL Draft. 

"[Heckendorf] told me he really liked what I am in terms of my ability to throw the ball," Davidson said. "And the biggest areas I need to improve on is my athleticism and my flexibility, which that's kind of the narrative I've heard from most schools. So, he said the second I get on campus -- and throughout the spring while I'm still in Charlotte -- I just need to 100-percent devote my training to getting more athletic and faster. And he thinks if I can do that with the situation being up in the air, it's not unthinkable to earn a scholarship down the road and compete [for a starting role]."

Davidson was selected to the Shrine Bowl this past December, where he won the "Most Outstanding Offensive Player" award and helped lead the N.C. squad to victory.

Speaking of victories, with Davidson at quarterback Myers Park set the school record with 11 victories in 2016. On the season, he completed 63-percent of his passes with a 33-7 TD-INT ratio. He added five more scores on rushes and threw for approximately 2,500 yards.

"First of all, I think it's not a coincidence that our program has made drastic strides over the last two years with him as our quarterback," Chadwick said. "I think the kid is a winner. 

"As far as his skill set, I'd say he's a solid pocket passer who has the ability to use his legs when necessary. He's not a dual threat by any stretch, but he's not a statue back there. 

"He makes every throw -- there is not a throw the kid cannot make. He has great arm strength, great accuracy. And the receivers will tell you that he throws a very catchable ball."

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