After a quick conversation with Bell, UNC's tight ends coach escorted Edwards, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound tight end from Raleigh (N.C.) Ravenscroft, to Larry Fedora's office to meet with the Tar Heels' head man.
"He told me that I was their No. 1 priority at tight end," Edwards said. "He told me about the Elite 11 quarterback that they got and the host of other athletes that have committed to UNC. He wants me to jump on board. He wants me to be a cornerstone, especially with Ebron potentially leaving next year. He said they really need somebody to fill in for that spot and they think I could be that guy that fills into that spot."
The "Elite 11 quarterback" Fedora was referring to was Caleb Henderson, who committed to UNC last Thursday.
"It definitely boosts them up," Edwards said. "Anytime you can get an Elite 11 quarterback or a four-star quarterback it's super important for your class, because you know you have somebody that can get you the ball. Making the class as strong as you can before you get there is always important, because everybody wants to be a part of a good team."
During the spring game, Edwards was able to see another of UNC's bright young stars at the quarterback position, Mitch Trubisky.
"He was definitely solid as a freshman," Edwards said. "That was his first spring game and it seemed like he had control of the offense. He definitely has some wheels to him. He was very accurate throwing the short routes. He definitely got a chance to stretch the field, which is what I like to see. He definitely looked like a solid player and somebody that UNC should be excited about in the future."
After meeting with Fedora, Edwards headed to the field of Kenan Stadium to watch UNC warm up in preparation for the spring game. While on the sidelines, he spoke once again with Bell.
"Coach Bell is a great guy," Edwards said. "He's always enthusiastic. It's always good to see him."
Having other obligations, Edwards left campus during halftime of the spring game.
Prior to Saturday's visit to UNC, Edwards traveled to Georgia over his spring break. He's considering visiting NC State this coming weekend.
Edwards is still standing at eight scholarship offers – Appalachian State, Duke, Louisville, UNC, NC State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, and Wake Forest.
Sometime around the early part of summer, Edwards plans to officially trim his list of schools under contention to a group of four or five. Also at that time, he'll name a leader.
"It definitely could get trickier if a school like Georgia or Purdue jumps on board," Edwards said. "But we'll see about that."
Edwards says he has a pretty good idea of some of the schools that will make the cut, but didn't want to reveal their identities beforehand.
With that said, UNC appears to be in good shape for Edwards.
"It's definitely a great school," Edwards said. "The way they're talking about winning championships and winning the Coastal Division last year – even though they couldn't play in the [ACC Championship] Game – that's a big thing. Landing these recruits, and seeing someone like Ebron go through the system and being successful is definitely a humbling experience and an honor. I like the way they split out their tight ends and the way they use them."
If everything goes as planned, Edwards's goal is to make a verbal commitment before his senior football season begins. If need be, he'll take some of his official visits before making a decision.
Avery Edwards Profile
As is usually the case, when Avery Edwards arrived on campus Saturday for North Carolina's Spring Game, he was greeted at the door by Tar Heel assistant coach Walt Bell.
Carolina continues to put fullcourt press on Raleigh tight end.