Ohio POY Sets UNC Official

An award-winning senior campaign has captured the attention of Butch Davis and earned Bruce Davis a ticket to Chapel Hill for an official visit.

"They heard that I won player of the year in the state of Ohio, so [Coach Davis] wanted to see what I was about," said Davis. "[Tommy Thigpen] watched my tape and fell in love with it. He wanted to set up an official [visit] and get my [scholarship] offer rolling."

Davis, a 5-foot-11 230-pound linebacker from Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville, has scheduled an official visit to North Carolina for January 12th.

North Carolina has yet to extend an official scholarship offer, but one might be waiting for Davis in Chapel Hill.

"I guess they have [offered], but they haven't given me anything official," said Davis. "[Thigpen] said to come down there and not to commit anywhere. He said he loves the tape. He said he's going to get with Coach Davis and make sure he watches it and see what he thinks about it."

Shortly following the UNC official visit, North Carolina will set up an in-home visit with Davis and his parents, according to Davis.

Thigpen, his primary recruiter, speaks to Davis about two times a week.

"Basically, we talk about how well I played this year," said Davis. "He said I don't have any wasted motion – I have good footwork. He said I have a knack for finding the ball – he really liked that. He said he liked the way I fought off blocks – I showed a lot of strength.

"We talk about football and about [UNC] and how the school is. I said I was very interested."

If he does decide to head to Chapel Hill next fall, David could compete for playing time as a true freshman season.

"[Thigpen] said there's a good chance for me to play, all I have to do is work hard," said Davis. "I can come right down and just prove myself; because he said there's no doubt that I won't have to redshirt."

Davis, who has already officially visited Ball State, continues to see new interest stemming from his senior season and therefore isn't ready to name a leader. However, Davis has definitely developed a liking for North Carolina.

"I like them a whole lot," said Davis. "[There's] big-time ball down there as far as the ACC playing against the best of the best – the Miamis, the Florida States, the Clemsons. When you get a chance to play against the best, you get to showcase your talents.

"And Butch Davis, he's been to the pros and he was successful in college so he knows what he's talking about. I'd love to see what that's all about when I go down there, see how everything is. I'm really feeling them a whole lot."

On his way to being named the AP All-Ohio Division I Co-Defensive Player of the Year award, Davis collected 117 tackles (56 solo) including nine for a loss, four sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. He also helped Glenville to a 9-2 record.

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