At a recent combine held at NC State, DB Melvin Edwards (6-1, 200 pounds) of Wallace-Rose Hill High School in Teachey, NC ripped off the second fastest 40-yard dash of anyone at the event. His laser-measured time of 4.62-seconds and 4.16-second pro shuttle were good enough to land him in second place of all participants according to recruitsunlimited.com.
That kind of speed has landed him recruiting interest from UNC, NC State, Virginia, Clemson and Duke among others.
Last season, Edwards was one of the state's most productive two-way players. He recorded better than 1,200 yards rushing and 350 yards receiving while racking up 20 touchdowns. On defense Edwards tallied seven interceptions en route to all-conference and team MVP honors.
During the month of May East Carolina, UNC and NC State stopped by to check in on Edwards but the standout athlete is already clear on which school he'd love to suit up for.
"State's been my favorite team ever since I was little," said Edwards. "I like their coaches. I've had a chance to talk to Doc Holliday and he's real cool. Right now my top schools would be NC State, East Carolina, UNC and Tennessee."
Grades have been an early concern and Edwards said his coach had advised him that his best route to get to NC State may be through Hinds Community College in Mississippi. The Pack has placed players there in the past and the feeling was it could be beneficial for Edwards as well should he not qualify academically in 2005.
Edwards is being primarily recruited as a DB although some schools are looking at him as a potential WR as well.