Earlier in the month, Edwards announced a top six of Arkansas, Duke, Florida State, Louisville, UNC, and Virginia Tech. All six, plus NC State, Pittsburgh, and Wake Forest, had offered the 6-foot-5, 220-pound tight end from Raleigh (N.C.) Ravenscroft.
Edwards mentioned the Tar Heels were his leader “by far.”
Early last week, UNC picked up back-to-back verbal commitments from Ayden Bonilla and Tyler Powell. Cam Albright and Allen Artis committed to the Tar Heels on Saturday, and then Jeremiah Clarke continued the streak on Sunday with a pledge of his own.
Bell was the primary recruiter for all six aforementioned verbal commitments.
Edwards was scheduled to attend “Fedora’s Freak Show” on Saturday, but a conflict forced him to postpone the trip to Tuesday. Having made countless visits to UNC himself, Edwards planned to bring several family members that have yet to see the school.
As a freshman, Edwards became a starter for Ravenscroft at wide receiver. He broke out as a sophomore catching 45 passes for 659 yards and nine touchdowns on his way to earning All-Conference and All-State honors. His numbers dropped during his junior season (40 receptions for 490 yards and four scores), but he repeated as an All-State and All-Conference selection.
Despite his vast background at receiver, most schools, including UNC, projected Edwards to bulk up and move to tight end in college.
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