Davis Proving to be 'Tremendous Athlete'

Although he's not the most talked about member of North Carolina's verbal commitment list, Emanuel Davis just might be the most athletically gifted of the group.

"He's just a tremendous athlete with a great knowledge of the game of football," said Manteo (N.C.) head football coach Walt Davis (no relation). "He can run, he has good size, and he's a very competitive football player."

Following high school football's trend of inserting your best athlete under center, Davis, a 5-foot-11 190-pounder, quarterbacks Manteo's offense.

"He's our quarterback and we run a lot of option stuff," said Coach Davis. "We just try to use him any way we possibly can. The other night he rushed for 200 yards."

Since Manteo's student enrollment is just 550, it comes as no shock to see Davis holding a double duty.

"He's our strong safety," said Coach Davis. "We use him in pass coverage and we use him a lot in blitzes. He's a key component to our defense."

Coach Davis expects Davis to continue to excel at the strong safety position once he arrives in Chapel Hill, as he fits the mold of a former Eastern North Carolinian, Trimane Goddard.

With Davis spearheading both the offense and defense, Manteo is off to a 3-0 start. The Redskins haven't allowed a touchdown this season and have recorded two shutouts. Offensively, they are averaging 45.7 points-per-game.

"We have a tremendous test this Friday night in Roanoke," said Coach Davis. "Roanoke's got a good team, three great backs. We'll find out whether we're as good as our previous scores have been indicating. It's going to be a challenge for us Friday night, but as the season progresses it's going to get tougher and tougher."

According to his head coach, Davis has never wavered on his verbal commitment to North Carolina, which he made over the summer. With recruiting out of the way, his focus has been on his senior football season and academics.

Davis wasn't able to make it to Chapel Hill this past weekend for the season opener, but there's a strong possibility that he will be on hand for the Virginia Tech game this Saturday.

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