According to a source close to UNC, Davis, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound quarterback, was offered a preferred walk-on spot and enrolled in the second summer semester. A similar offer was extended by Miami, where his father coached for 11 seasons, including six as head coach.
"The last thing that I had heard, which was in May, was that [Davis] was going to go to Miami," Renner said. "They had been after him since January, [because] they wanted him to come in early. Drew just wanted to be a free agent to see what was out there. He knew he didn't have to rush it."
FCS and Division II schools expressed interest, but Davis quickly bypassed those opportunities.
"He wasn't really interested in them," Renner said. "When they asked, he just said, ‘No, I want to go D-I and if I have to walk on, I'll walk on.'"
According to a source, one of the main reasons Davis selected UNC over Miami was his relationship with Bryn Renner, Bill's son and UNC's starting quarterback.
In mid-February, Davis's father was named special assistant to the head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a non-coaching position that will allow him to continue to collect the $2.7 million settlement from UNC for his termination.
Davis's junior season was cut short when he suffered an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. In six games, he threw for 1,636 yards and 17 touchdowns on 135-of-237 passing (57 percent), and rushed for 172 yards and three scores on 49 carries.
With a full season, Davis improved on those numbers as a senior completing 322-of-519 passes (62-percent) for 3,511 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also rushed for 561 yards and five touchdowns on 161 carries. More importantly, Davis spent a full year working under Renner, who has helped groom three other quarterbacks into FBS passers – his son, Peter Lalich (Virginia), and Michael Nebrich (Connecticut).
"He wanted us all to be OK with it," Butch Davis said in an AP interview.
"We're parents. As much as anything else, you want what's best for your child. This is what he wishes to do and we're going to support him.
"He's a good kid. He's levelheaded. He's pretty mature. He didn't make this decision blindly."
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