IC Interviews Northern Durham Coach

Coach Merrill discusses the commitment of AJ Davis to the Tar Heels.

Untitled Document Inside Carolina interviewed Northern High School Coach Gary Merrill following the commitment of AJ Davis.

Inside Carolina - Coach Merrill we have heard from several sources that AJ Davis has committed to North Carolina. Can you confirm this for us?

Coach Merrill - Yes. AJ walked into my office this morning and told me. We talked a little about it because I wanted to make sure that is what he really wanted to do.

Inside Carolina - Can you tell us a little about how he came to make his decision?

Coach Merrill - We've been working hard on his recruitment for the last month. Last Friday he had it narrowed down to three (TN, NCSU, and UNC). On Monday he was down to UNC and NCSU. He talked with his Dad last night and some this morning. After he talked with me this morning, we called Coach Browning to let him know.

Inside Carolina - Did he also call the coaches from the other schools?

Coach Merrill - I called the other schools later.

Inside Carolina - Will he have anymore in-home visits from other schools?

Coach Merrill - No, those have all been canceled.

Inside Carolina - What do you think swung AJ towards Carolina?

Coach Merrill - They are all fine schools and it was very close but I think he liked the academics, athletics, and social atmosphere a little bit better at Carolina.

Inside Carolina - Congratulations to you on having three fine football players selected to play division-1 football. How are James (Adams) and Josh (Gattis) doing?

Coach Merrill - They have had a great winter so far. I think Wake is getting a couple of fine players as well.

Inside Carolina - Thank you for talking with us Coach Merrill. There are a lot of excited Carolina fans out there after hearing AJ's decision.

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