Asheville Duo Visits UNC

With the Shrine Bowl Combine Tour making a stop at their high school Saturday, Darius Spencer and C.J. Davis are unable to attend North Carolina's spring game. To compensate, Spencer, Davis, and their head coach, Shane Laws, headed to Chapel Hill Wednesday afternoon.

"My coach told me that [the UNC staff] liked me a lot and that they wanted me and my teammate C.J. down there," said Spencer. "They said they like me on film."

After meeting their area recruiter for UNC, John Lovett, the Asheville (N.C.) Reynolds duo were introduced to the rest of the Tar Heel coaching staff and a few players, and were then given a quick campus tour.

"From what I seen, the campus was real nice," said Davis. "I really liked the weight room and where they practiced."

Afterwards, Spencer and Davis observed one of North Carolina's last practices of the spring.

"When they were warming up, they came out to music and they started getting up," said Spencer. "I was starting to feel pumped up too – like I was on the team or something. I wanted to get out there."

"It was a nice little practice – I enjoyed it," said Davis. "They practiced inside. We just watched the coaches really to see how the coaches were."

Their stay concluded with an early evening get-together with Lovett.

"He talked about grades, what to do, what to look for in college, and he was just really trying to convince us to come [to UNC]," Davis said. "He just kept calling us the speed demons."

"He talked about grades and the school and what I needed to get into it if I wanted to get into Carolina," said Spencer. "He asked me how I feel about the college and if I have any questions. He just told me they like me a whole lot on film."

Neither Spencer nor Davis has a scholarship offer yet from North Carolina.

Spencer does, however, hold offers from East Carolina and N.C. State. He's also hearing from Virginia Tech and Penn State.

Davis is still awaiting his first offer, but is fielding strong interest from Georgia, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Purdue, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest.

North Carolina also formally invited Spencer and Davis to its one-day camp this summer for further evaluation. Both have accepted the invitation, while Spencer will also camp at Clemson, Florida, and N.C. State.

Last fall, Spencer, a 5-foot-10 175-pounder, and Davis, a 5-foot-9 160-pounder, split time at running back for Reynolds, who went 13-1. The speedy backfield duo combined for 2,043 yards and 35 touchdowns on 267 carries (7.65-yard average). Spencer also added a punt return and two kick returns for touchdowns.

UNC is recruiting both as an athlete with an emphasis on tailback and the potential to see time as returners.

Spencer enjoyed his first visit to Chapel Hill, which is his only unofficial visit this spring.

"My thoughts are it's a pretty good school, nice facilities, and cool coaching staff," said Spencer.

However, Spencer, who is looking to stay close to home, lists the Tar Heels' in-state rival as his leader.

"I would say N.C. State would be my number one," said Spencer. "[I like] the atmosphere and the new coaching staff."

Davis, on the other hand, includes UNC – as well as Clemson, Georgia, and Miami – among his list of favorites.

Wednesday's visit was also Davis' first to UNC.

"I love it there," said Davis. "The coaches there are pretty cool."

At the Shrine Bowl Combine last spring, Davis and Spencer displayed their speed with 40-yard dash times of 4.25 and 4.33, respectfully. They both also vertically jumped 33 inches.

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