Despite fielding several questions regarding his potential staff, Davis simply stated that no assistant coaches have been hired or fired that have not already been reported on. Davis stressed he wouldn't hurry this process, but mentioned he hopes to have his staff completed in the next three to four weeks.
"I don't want to rush to judgment on anyone," Davis said. "When you're putting a staff together it's so important you get the right chemistry – the dynamics of what they can bring to a staff. It may take three or four more weeks, but I'm not really in a rush.
"The guys you put on staff have got to be extensions of the university."
"Unfortunately, everywhere I've ever started coaching has been a major rebuilding project," Davis said. "Everybody has a fresh slate. You can write your own role. We are going to provide you with the tools to help you meet your dreams."
While he's been getting acquainted with players both in person and via video tape, Davis said his emphasis has not been on what each player has done so far as much as what they've experienced.
"I don't want to watch tape specifically for the kid," he said. "I want to watch to see the level of exposure they've had on the field. I want to learn where they've been."
"Things couldn't have gone much better," Davis said. "We're getting great responses from the kids, and it's going to get much better. We're fielding calls from players that haven't even been on the radar and we'll start building those relationships. However it's kind of like jumping in midstream. The limited opportunities kind of slow you down.
"Intangibles are things we look at with regards to recruits. I'm very interested in looking at (extracurricular activities) they did in high school. Do they go to church? Are they active in their community?"
Davis said he expected to field a balanced recruiting class this year, and explained how he prefers to recruit the best available athlete as opposed to recruiting to fill positions.
"You don't draft for need, you draft the best available," he said. "I would like for this incoming class to be balanced. Recruiting is the lifeblood of every institution."
The recruiting dead period which began last Sunday at 8 p.m., will all but suspend recruiting activities until after the New Year.
"There will be a little bit of a lull, but come January we'll amp it up considerably, and the first place we'll hit is North Carolina," Davis said.
And while not able to discuss the specifics of unsigned recruits, Davis said he does intend to honor those scholarship offers of players enrolling in January.
"We've laid out the calendar through August," he said. "We'll have some athletic evaluations done before spring practice starts. All the practices are going to be intense. It's a process, and there are no steps you can miss."
In future years, Davis said, he hopes to begin spring practice a few days earlier in the event there are injuries that could heal over the mid-semester vacation period.
"I have a lot of respect for John," Davis said. "It's a tender time for him. He is a true Tar Heel and he will always be welcome here."
Davis said they didn't talk at all about the current team situation.
However, "We rarely ever recruited the same kid," Davis said.
When asked to comment on the UNC-State rivalry, he responded, "We're everybody's rival."
"I met John when he was 15 years old," Davis said. "I used to take him home from practice each day."
Davis and Blake also previously worked together as members of Jimmy Johnson's staff with the Dallas Cowboys. Blake joined the Dallas staff as defensive line coach after Davis was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1993.