Four-star defensive tackle Jordan Davis has made a handful of visits to North Carolina. His most recent occurred late last month for a junior day. However, that visit was more for his mother, who was making her first trip to Chapel Hill.
"She really loved the school," Davis said. "She liked how Carolina cares about academics as much as they care about football. She wants to make sure whatever college I'll attend will have a great degree and give me a good start in life, just in case my football career falls short."
That demand was hammered home when Davis, a 6-foot-6, 300-pounder from Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek, and his mother met with Larry Fedora that Saturday.
"He was telling me how great the campus is," Davis said. "And, he talked about from the academic stand point how Carolina was an excellent school to obtain a degree. He also said how he is not only training us to be great football players but also teaching us to be great husbands, fathers, and young men."
Although the experience was primarily for his mother, Davis said he had "a blast."
During prior visits, Tray Scott was UNC's defensive line coach. Since then, Scott has been replaced by Deke Adams. Thus, the junior day provided Davis a chance to meet Adams for the first time.
"Deke seems like a great guy," Davis said. "He has a great track record, because he coached many DL greats, like Sylvester Williams. But overall, he seems like a great coach and a great guy."
Davis plans to take his recruitment the distance. He doesn't foresee making a decision until Signing Day Eve.
"I really don't want to make any hasty decisions and I want to enjoy the recruiting process," Davis said. "I don't plan on committing any time soon. The only school I'm committed to is Mallard Creek High School and winning that 4AA ring."
Throughout his recruiting voyage, Davis plans to keep recruitniks guessing.
"I don't think I'll be releasing anything related to top schools," Davis said. "I will just make my decision on the week or night before Signing Day when I discuss it with my family."
If any school should be comfortable with its position with Davis, it's UNC.
"I'm going to say due to location of my city family, friends and high school coaches, I don't think I'm going too far," Davis said. "But UNC is at a good spot with me and my family. I really don't have a top schools list."
Davis says he'll definitely be back in Chapel Hill -- with his mother -- on March 4 for the Tar Heels' elite junior day. That junior day will revolve around the UNC-Duke basketball game.
Before making a commitment, Davis, who has also visited Clemson and NC State, plans to travel to each of his scholarship offering schools. He and his coach have been working on a trip to Miami, as well as a return to Clemson. Many of his recruiting trips will be scheduled the week of.