Davidson Goes with Tar Heels

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly safety Herman Davidson felt the love from North Carolina first, and he repaid that loyalty by choosing to sign with the Tar Heels, announcing it publicly Wednesday night on the local Fox Sports affiliate.


"It was kind of a day one deal," said Davidson. "I've been in contact with them since day one. I developed a good relationship with the coaching staff. Me and my family, we just loved the school."

North Carolina was the first BCS school to offer Davidson, which played a huge role in his recruitment.

"When it actually happened, I didn't know how big it was," said Davidson. "At this point, it really did play a big factor for me. It gave North Carolina more time to get to know me and develop interest because they got on me earlier."

Miami made a late push for Davidson, and he took an official visit out there, but they weren't as quick to the party.

"They didn't have as much time as North Carolina did in getting to know me," said Davidson. "The reason why those two came down to my top two is they were very similar. Me and my parents sat down and talked and in the end, North Carolina came out on top."

The Hurricanes received a commitment from Davidson's teammate and partner at safety, Vaughn Telemaque, but since his commitment to Miami last week, Davidson said he laid low.

"It was a whole lot of respect from Vaughn, he didn't force anything upon me," said Davidson. "We weren't going as a package deal. But it's real exciting to see each other develop. We can't wait to play against each other."

The Tar Heels' coaching staff, led by assistant coach Charlie Williams, made a big impression on Davidson.

"From day one, I had a stronger bond with Coach Williams. He was the main reason that I wanted to go to North Carolina. And when I took my visit, I developed a strong relationship with Coach (Butch) Davis and Coach (Chuck) Pagano. I really appreciated the way they went about everything."

Coming from a time at the beginning of the year, when Davidson had no offers to his name, to Signing Day, where he's headed to a BCS school as a four-star prospect, Davidson said the ride has been more than he expectd.

"The whole process is fun but you don't realize how much of a weight it lifts off until it's done. When I first step on campus, its all about football," said Davidson. "I didn't even envision this recruiting going like this at all. Since the beginning of the season, and I played every game too, I could have never imagined it being like this in the end."

And Davidson is looking forward to a sense of normalcy.

"Everything goes back to how it was before," said Davidson. "And I can just go and enjoy the rest of my senior year."

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