Edwards Meets The New Staff

Raleigh (NC) Ravescroft tight end Avery Edwards is very familiar with NC State and the Wolfpack football program... he's attended games for several years.

Raleigh (NC) Ravescroft tight end Avery Edwards is very familiar with NC State and the Wolfpack football program... he's attended games for several years.

"Well, I grew up a State fan," said Edwards. "We've always had season tickets so I've been to a lot of games at Carter-Finley Stadium... my brother is a freshman at State right now.

"[Laughing] They don't say too much about trying to get me to go to State. I was actually a little surprised, but they've been very supportive of me. My family wants me to be happy and know this process can be stressful."

Edwards, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end, picked up an offer from the previous coaching staff at NC State, but he hadn't had a chance to meet with Dave Doeren and the new coaching staff until this weekend's Junior Day.

"I finally was able to meet the new coaching staff this weekend," said Edwards. "Coach Doeren is a great guy. I was able to meet with him and I sat down and talked with coach Faulkner, the tight ends coach. He was telling me how it's time we start to build a great relationship.

"I think they are going to do big things. They said they are going to spread it out offensively and are going to put their best players on the field, wideouts and tight ends."

Edwards gave some additional thoughts on his Junior Day experience in Raleigh.

"Pack14 is the motto," he said. "Coach Doeren told us that he's trying to get the best players in the state and the best players nationally. When I went in to talk with him he said he needs one of the top players in North Carolina to jump on board and others are going to follow. He was talking about championships. He didn't talk about winning eight games... he said they want to win championships.

"The coaching staff has a lot of experience. They said they've played or coached in over 20 BCS bowl games, something crazy like that. They've worked together at different places and you can tell because they all really get along."

Even though it is still early in the recruiting process, Edwards has options. He holds offers from Duke, Wake Forest, NC State, UNC, Pittsburgh, and Virginia.

He has already attended junior days at North Caorlina and Duke.

"My Junior Day visit at UNC went well," said Edwards. "I have a great relationship with coach Bell and coach Fedora already from last season. It was good to sit down and talk with them more about the offense. I think I'm going to go back over there maybe this week to sit in on some film study and meet up with the players.

"Coach Cutcliffe from Duke is a great guy. My parents really like him and even with them losing coach Middleton we still have that relationship. They have great facilities sand it is a good fit academically."

Edwards claims no leaders and doesn't have a timeframe for making a decision.

"I really don't [have a favorite]," he said. "I'm trying to stay wide open until the end of the summer. I'm going to be open-minded and not narrow it down too early. Next up I'm going to get over to Wake Forest and we're supposed to go up north and visit some schools.

"I'm going to try and cut it down to maybe five or six before my season, but if I know it before then I'll commit. But, I want to narrow it down before my senior season."

An all-conference selection, Edwards totaled 40 catches for 490 yards and six touchdowns in 2012.

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