But when Thorpe called Williams to discuss his nightmare, the Jordan High alum and January enrollee said Williams was wide awake and able to calm him down. That bond with the UNC coaching staff helped Thorpe firm up his decision to attend UNC despite the NCAA investigations, and has aided Thorpe's transition to college.
T.J. Thorpe finds bond with UNC coaching staff
The Durham Herald-Sun
Davis said UNC never tried to hide anything from players and answered all their questions whether it was during home visits, on the telephone or during official visits. He said the coaching staff had to overcome a significant amount of negative recruiting by opponents and did so by just focusing on UNC.
"It's disappointing a lot of people didn't take that approach," Davis said.
UNC coaches focus on transparency
The Durham Herald-Sun
Butch Davis proved he could coach under difficult circumstances during the 2010 season.
On Wednesday, the North Carolina head coach showed once again he can also recruit in less than ideal conditions.
Tar Heels pull in Top 20 recruiting class despite controversy
The Fayetteville Observer
North Carolina coach Butch Davis said he and his staff did the best they could to keep their recruiting targets informed about the possible outcomes of the process.
Tar Heels nab strong crop despite cloud
The Burlington Times-News
The competition for top football talent always turns hot and heavy this time of year.
As such, college coaches will resort to pretty much anything to convince the best high school seniors to come to their schools – and stay away from their rivals. Some, as North Carolina's Butch Davis lamented on Wednesday, will stoop lower than others in that pursuit.
Nothing negative about UNC's recruiting class
The Wilmington Star-News
It turned out the NCAA investigation hovering over North Carolina's football program wasn't crippling to recruiting after all.
The Tar Heels came up a strong 25-player class on national signing day, including the late addition of five-star defensive lineman Delvon Simmons. That came despite the fact that Butch Davis' program still doesn't know whether it will face NCAA sanctions connected to the probe into agent-related benefits and possible academic misconduct, which hung over the team through the entire season.
Tar Heels have strong showing in recruiting
The Associated Press