Davis Working Towards UNC

While most of North Carolina's February 2009 signees are enrolled at UNC or prepping at Hargrave Military Academy, Ray-Ray Davis has spent the fall playing for Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.

"Everything is going good," Davis said. "I'm just trying to get my stuff right so I can get back to Carolina."

Davis, a 5-foot-11, 188-pound wide receiver, was forced to take the JuCo route after failing to qualify out of Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley High School. He is still adjusting to his new surroundings.

"The weather is crazy out here," Davis said. "Probably the biggest change is the weather. It will snow one day and then it will be sunny the next. It will rain all day and then it will hail. It's crazy."

Another major change Davis has faced is the offensive system he is playing in. For three seasons, he played in a pass-heavy offense at Sun Valley. Hutchinson is on the opposite end of the spectrum.

"The only thing about this school, I'm not going to lie to you, we run the ball the whole game really," Davis said. "I touch the game twice the whole game."

There is a silver lining, though.

"I don't like [the offense], but I've wanted to work on my run blocking," Davis said. "I definitely get a chance to do that here."

Thus far this season, Davis has a team-high 23 receptions for 254 yards and two touchdowns.

Hutchinson is 6-3 and will play in the Region VI playoffs Sunday against Fort Scott (Kan.) CC.

To now qualify for enrollment at UNC, Davis has to graduate from Hutchinson with an associate's degree. He's on track to graduate in December '10. Thus, if everything works out, he'll be eligible to enroll at UNC for the spring '11 season with two years of eligibility remaining, plus a red-shirt season available.

Since arriving in Hutchinson over the summer, Davis hasn't spoken to anyone from UNC – or any other school. He plans to contact the UNC coaches sometime within the next couple of months.

"I'll probably wait until after the season," Davis said. "They're probably busy right now."

Since he won't be eligible to play Division I football next season, Davis' recruitment won't truly begin until this coming spring. Therefore it's not uncommon for there to be a lack of communication with UNC.

In the meantime, Davis has been following UNC's up-and-down season.

"We have a bunch of Florida and Georgia kids here," Davis said. "The Florida State game, I was talking so much junk in the first half, but it didn't end so well."

While watching UNC play, Davis plays particular attention to the passing game.

"I thought it would be better [this year]," Davis said. "But they have a lot of young guys at receiver."

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