Davidson's UNC Trip 'Hard to Beat'

Herman Davidson was able to work out his schedule and take an official visit to North Carolina this past weekend.

"It was real good," Davidson said. "I couldn't expect much more than what they showed me… From the school to the students, coaching staff, players – everything was great.

"I loved the trip. It's going to be hard to beat what I just saw. I liked everything out there."

Heading into the visit, UNC was Davidson's leader and his stay did nothing but strengthen that stance.

"Not just because I just came off the trip from North Carolina – but that kind of helped – I'm really liking North Carolina right now," Davidson said. "It's just the whole atmosphere. It's nice to see something new. All the players and coaches are on the same page. It's a little bit of everything combined together. But, I just really do like it up there a lot."

Davidson admits that thoughts of verbally committing were bouncing in his head during his UNC stay. While he didn't pull the trigger, he could give UNC his commitment in the near future.

"It is a possibility and I'm definitely thinking about it," Davidson said. "It would probably be sometime soon. I know people tell you to wait, but if I found something I really like, then I'm going to go with that. It will probably be sometime soon."

Immediately after helping Long Beach (Calif.) Poly (N.C.) defeat Compton (Calif.) Friday night, Davidson, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound safety, caught his flight and arrived in North Carolina Saturday morning.

Davidson, who was accompanied by his father, kicked off his stay with a campus tour.

"It was amazing, actually," he said. "I've been in California my whole life, so it's kind of nice to see something new once in a while. I'm used to palm trees and stuff. They actually had a whole different scenery – so that was nice."

Before the game, Davidson hung out with UNC players in the locker room and on the field for warm-ups.

"It was a family," Davidson said. "The coaches kind of told me about it before, but when I actually went down there and saw how they interact with the players and how the players interact with the players and the coaches, it's just like a big family.

"When I was down there, I felt like I've been down there my whole life. They welcomed me and everything like that."

Davidson was also impressed with the game time atmosphere of Kenan Stadium.

"It was a wonderful stadium," Davidson said. "It was Homecoming. It was packed. All the fans were enthused. I couldn't ask for a better game scenery."

After the game, Davidson spent time with starting strong safety Trimane Goddard, who hosted Davidson during his stay.

"He showed me around some of the campus," Davidson said. "He took me to some of the restaurants. We went back to his dorm [and] we were just chilling. It was real nice."

Davidson spent most of the day Sunday with the coaching staff.

"I talked to Coach Williams, I talked to Coach Blake – I pretty much met up with the whole coaching staff," Davidson said. "At one point I did get individual meetings with just about everyone on the coaching staff…

"They just were making sure I got the ins and outs about their sports stuff and academics. They're really on the student-athlete thing so they took me to some of the classes and let me talk to some of the teachers…. They were making sure that [I knew] that school work comes first and then I can be an athlete."

Before exiting campus, Davidson and his father met with Butch Davis.

"He was just explaining some stuff that we might not have known about the program," Davidson said. "Basically, he just gave us the floor and just let us ask questions, and he just answered our questions."

Davidson, who holds scholarship offers from UNC and San Diego State, doesn't have any other official visits scheduled. However, he says his voicemail is chalked full of message inquires right now from college coaching staffs such as Michigan.

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