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Local stud WR commits to Tar Heels

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North Carolina played host to a number of junior prospects over the weekend. The Tar Heels landed approximately a half dozen commitments. One of those came from one of the top receivers in the state out of Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley.
"He pretty much told me he wanted to go to North Carolina," Sun Valley head coach Scott Stein said of wide receiver Vincent Davis. "He's always been a Carolina fan and liked what Coach Davis is doing there.
"We went up right before Signing Day to look around and it was everything he thought it would be. We went back on Saturday and he expected to be offered and that visit solidified it for him. All the other schools were coming in, Illinois, Michigan State, Virginia, NC State and Tennessee. They recognized his talent, but he was ready to decide."
What else made the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder decide to stay in-state?
"I think it was that he grew up a big basketball fan," he said. "He fell in love with Michael Jordan like every other kid and always liked the school at North Carolina. He's wanted to go there and he knows Butch Davis is rebuilding that program. He helped us do that at Sun Valley. I think he felt at home there and it's close to his parents, so they can watch him play.
"This takes a lot of weight off his shoulders. He doesn't enjoy all the attention. He just likes to play. I think Carolina is getting a great football player."
Stein went on to discuss what makes Davis stand out.
"He's a rare kid that has a long stride and can jump out of the building," he said. "He's a two time all-conference basketball player that plays above the rim.
"I think he's the best wide receiver in the state of North Carolina. He just has that uncanny ability. He's one of those kids you hand the ball off to and tell him to run like he's stolen something. He does that and with the ball in his hands he's a 4.5 kid. He's also a powerful player that understands where the open spot is and is physical enough in man coverage to get open. He hang cleans 300-points and squats 400. He's a strong kid that can move you around."
Stein believes Davis needs to improve one aspect of his game.
"He needs to improve his starting speed and he's running track this spring to improve his time," he said. "If he can improve on that, he can propel himself to be one of the elite high school and possibly collegiate receivers."
Last season Davis hauled in 60 receptions for 850-yards and 12 touchdowns. He added 11 carries for 88-yards and five touchdowns on the ground.
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