October 13, 2008

Clear leader for four-star DB

North Carolina's victory over Notre Dame was big in more ways than one for Butch Davis' program. Not only did the win vault the Tar Heels into top 20, it also left a great impression on some of the recruits in attendance.

One of the prospects that came away impressed was four-star cornerback Terry Shankle of Norwood (N.C.) South Stanly. The 5-foot-10, 167-pound defensive back gave a glowing assessment of the UNC program under Davis once he returned home from Chapel Hill.

"Oh yeah, it was great up there," Shankle said. "I just wanted to get up there to watch a football game and I talked to the coaches a little bit. I got a chance to talk to Coach Davis. They're at the top of my list right now. They're number one.

Shankle, currently ranked the No. 18 cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com, said NC State and Tennessee were still in the picture.

"I might visit State and see them one more time but I'm not sure," he explained. "There's a chance I'll go to Tennessee one more time too. I'd like to make my decision pretty soon here, though. I'm not exactly sure when but it won't be too long."

While this North Carolina team has a chance to post it's best record since Mack Brown's 11-1 season in 1997, the future is part of the allure for Shankle.

"It's an in-state team and they're in the top 20 right now. They're definitely on the way up. Coach Davis has turned that program around in two years. That tells me whatever he's doing is working."

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