Edmunds Goes In-Depth at UNC

With his self-imposed decision deadline quickly approaching, Trey Edmunds made yet another visit to North Carolina in early June.

"My feelings have always been strong about North Carolina," Edmunds said. "The visit was just a plus."

Edmunds, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound linebacker from Ringgold (Va.) Dan River, is looking to make a verbal commitment in August.

"I would just like to have it done before my senior year, so I already know my plans for after high school," Edmunds said. "It would also allow me to focus more on my academics, instead of worrying about having to make a choice."

In addition to UNC, Edmunds has made visits to Maryland, NC State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. The early June visit to UNC might be his final recruiting trip before he makes his verbal commitment.

"I'd like to get to more schools," Edmunds said. "But with how my summer schedule is, it's kind of hard."

Six schools have offered Edmunds a scholarship – Maryland, UNC, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Thus far, a leader hasn't emerged.

Four factors will be weighed heavily while Edmunds attempts to determine his collegiate destination.

"No. 1 is academics – that's no question," Edmunds said. "Also, my relationship with the coaches [is important] – how myself and the head coach and assistant coaches bond together, if would I be able to talk to them on and off the field. And also the team scheme [is important] – how they run things, how I fit into that scheme, everybody can fit into everybody's scheme no matter how much you like a team. And the players, of course, [are important]."

Edmunds says he has developed a "strong" relationship with Kenny Browning, his primary UNC recruiter.

"[Browning] comes to my school, we talk on the phone – so we interact a lot," Edmunds said. "With my father being my head football coach, he has made a strong relationship with him, as well."

Edmunds has made a few visits to UNC in the past, including a junior day during the spring and a camp last summer. During his early June visit, he received a "more in-depth" look at the school and football program.

"We spent time with the coaches and some of the players," Edmunds said. "We looked at a little bit of film. We just got a better feel for it being around that atmosphere."

Edmunds spent the most time with Art Kaufman, UNC's linebackers coach.

"He showed me the scheme and how I would fit into the scheme and the different plays they like to run," Edmunds said. "He showed me their strong plays and just their plan of attack."

Edmunds said Kaufman "hit on" UNC's recruiting situation at the linebacker position. Although he was told UNC is still attempting to add linebackers to this class, Edmunds wasn't told how many spots are left.

"There was no pressure to commit or anything," Edmunds said.

Like previous visits to UNC, Edmunds received a campus tour. This time, though, the tour included looks at the basketball facilities and business school (at the moment, Edmunds is considering majoring in business).

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