"I went to a State practice [recently]," said Edwards. "It was great... real good. I've now been to a junior day and practice so I'm getting to know the coaches even more.
"The second trip was even better. The coaches have been there longer and are more comfortable with trying to recruit to NC State, I can tell that. I mean, they were still getting a feel for NC State so it's hard to tell us when they were still learning about it."
Edwards, who now has offers from NC State, Wake Forest, Duke, UNC, App. State, Virginia, Pitt, and Louisville, grew up following the Wolfpack and attending games in Carter-Finley Stadium.
The State coaches are trying to keep him in Raleigh.
"They've said that I'm the hometown guy," said Edwards. "I would get a chance to stay in my own backyard and be a hometown hero. They think I can get other guys to go there... maybe help with other in-state players."
What stood out to Edwards about the practice?
"Really there were a couple of things," he said. "The whole practice was much more uptempo than from when coach O'Brien was there. Everything was moving fast, and the offense is playing really fast.
"Plus, coach Doeren is involved with a lot of practice. He's hands-on and seems to be a great coach, really involved."
Edwards, who doesn't claim a leader, hopes to take more unofficial visits over the next few weeks.
"I'm wide open," he said. "This summer, I will probably cut it down to five so I can make a decision at the start of my senior year. I'm going to try and stay open right now and see all these schools some more."
An all-conference selection, Edwards totaled 40 catches for 490 yards and six touchdowns in 2012.