Davis to Officially Become a Heel

The Fall Signing Period is finally here and Wednesday is the day Ed Davis will officially conclude his recruitment.

The Richmond (Va.) St. Benedictine standout plans to sign his Letter of Intent (LOI) from his high school on Wednesday morning. He said it's a special day -- a day that he's been working towards for a long time.

"It's just a relief for me because everything that I've been doing is paying off," Davis said.

Davis, who averaged 18 points and 13 rebounds on his way to a state championship last season, committed to the Tar Heels in mid-July. He gave Roy Williams the nod because, to him, the program features the whole package.

"I just liked everything about it," said Davis, who is ranked the No. 3 power forward and No. 10 overall in the 2008 class by Scout.com. "I like their tradition, what they have done recently, their coaching staff and it's close to home. It has everything."

Roy Williams and his Carolina staff have put together a three man recruiting that consists of Davis, Tyler Zeller, who is ranked No. 16 overall, and No. 6 point guard Larry Drew. Davis likes the look of the 2008 haul.

"I think it's pretty good," he said. "Coach Williams and I talked about it last night and all of us can do different things. Then there are some classes where they are bringing in three point guards and a bunch of power forwards, where with our class all of us do something different."

Davis and Zeller both play the power forward spot, but they go about their business in different ways. Davis sees himself and the Washington (Ind.) High standout complementing each other's games at UNC.

"He's more a shooter, where I post up a lot more," Davis said. "I think we will be able to play well together."

Since committing to North Carolina, Davis has talked to Roy Williams a number of times.

"We talk all of the times he's allowed to call and we do have a pretty good relationship," he said. "He's not allowed to say anything [publicly] until I sign, and he hasn't really said too much to me about what I need to work on."

The 6-foot-8, 214-pound power forward doesn't yet possess the size of some of the other big men in the class of 2008, but he does have a number of qualities that give him an edge, according to Scout.com's National Recruiting Director, Dave Telep.

"He's one of those guys who knows his way around the court," Telep said. "There's a certain craftiness and competitiveness to his game that you've got to respect. Physically he's not there with some of the elite players in his class but he's managed to consistently distinguish himself while making strides each high school season. Ed Davis played Greg Monroe as well as any high school big I saw this past season."

Davis will get a chance to test himself this season, as St. Benedictine plays a tough schedule. They tip-off the season with a number of tournaments, including the Tournament of Champions in Peoria (Ill.), as well as high profile matchups with Oak Hill, St. Benedict's and Montverde.

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