Chavis, a 6-foot-4 250-pound jumbo athlete, verbally committed to the Tar Heels in July, but de-committed a few months later after John Bunting was relieved of his head coaching duties.
Not only has he de-committed, Chavis has crowned a new leader.
"Right now, I'm kind of leaning towards Tennessee," said Chavis. "First of all, I just want to play for a big school – I want to play at the highest level I can possibly play. I'm a defensive player and the reputation of the coaches over at Tennessee, they are defensive gurus and have put a lot of players in the [National Football] League. Coach [Phillip] Fulmer, I've talked to him and I was very impressed. Plus, there's nothing better than playing in front of 110,000 people."
The change of leader has had as much to do with Tennessee's positives as it did with the termination of John Bunting.
"I like Coach Bunting a lot, he was one of the reasons I was going to Carolina," said Chavis. "I love the whole coaching staff and the recruiting class was great. I want to get together with my recruiting coach, Coach [Mark] Weber, and my position coach, Coach [Kenny] Browning, and see if they're going to keep those guys. They'll work it out and I'll get down there to talk to Coach Davis."
No date has been set for Chavis to meet with Davis, but Chavis plans to get a trip to Chapel Hill set up once he returns to Hargrave after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Chavis has, however, done his research on Davis.
"I'm very impressed by Carolina for making that hire – Butch Davis has a great reputation," said Chavis. "I like Davis because of his background on the defensive line as a coach. When he was over at Miami he put defensive linemin in the League and he has NFL coaching under his belt.
"Everybody knows his stat sheet – there's no question about that – I just want to see how I fit into his program."
Clemson, Georgia, and Maryland round out the remainder of Chavis' top five. All have offered.
Chavis will officially visit each member of his favorites list, with the exception of North Carolina.
"I definitely want to get down there to talk to Butch Davis and talk to the staff and see what's going on with their situation," said Chavis. "But, I've been [to UNC] so many times. I love that school, but I don't want to waste the opportunity and give another school the chance to recruit me by taking an official visit there."
The only official visit Chavis has scheduled is Tennessee on December 10th. He made an unofficial visit to Knoxville a few weekends back and is planning on unofficially visiting Georgia this weekend for the rivalry game against Georgia Tech.
Chavis isn't looking to make a decision until January after he has met with Davis and gone on all five of his official visits.