Edmunds Focused on Five

With his self-imposed decision deadline quickly approaching, Trey Edmunds has begun to place a stronger emphasis on his recruitment. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder has narrowed his focus to five schools and begun to take and schedule final visits.

Edmunds will decide between Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. All have offered the Ringgold (Va.) Dan River product, with the exception of the Volunteers.

"All the schools that I'm considering, I'm trying to get up there and meet with them some more and get around their players and coaches," Edmunds said.

Edmunds started his "final visit" tour on Monday with a trip to UNC and continued Tuesday with a stop at Virginia. He'll continue the itinerary next week by visiting Virginia Tech.

"I would love to visit all of [my final five] schools one last time," Edmunds said. "But, it just all depends on how my high school plans work out."

Edmunds has made previous trips to each of his final five schools, except Tennessee. But, he claimed that the lack of a visit wouldn't put the Volunteers at a disadvantage.

Dan River's 2011 season kicks off on August 26. Edmunds plans to make a verbal commitment well before then.

"I don't have a specific date," Edmunds said. "But I will say sometime in the beginning of August."

Although a leader has yet to emerge, Edmunds believes he'll have enough information to make a verbal commitment by his deadline.

"I feel like each college has great things to offer," Edmunds said. "I'll pray on it and with the grace of God, I feel I can make the right decision and be happy with it."

During this week's visits to UNC and Virginia, Edmunds spent the majority of his time with current players.

"During other visits [to those schools], it was more ‘Hi' and ‘Bye' with the players," Edmunds said. "This time, I was able to sit down and talk with them. We just talked about the school and their experiences.

"Both schools have a great group of guys there – both newcomers and players that have been there. Both football families are great.

"How I bond with the players will play a big factor in my decision. Those are the guys I'm going to be with my next four years. Seeing how people bond from different [backgrounds] is always good. Being around good people is always good."

Edmunds' UNC visit – his fifth trip to Chapel Hill over the last year - also included a brief conversation with Butch Davis.

"He was just seeing how I was doing and seeing how my family was doing," Edmunds said. "He didn't really want to keep me from the players."

Edmunds stars at both running back and linebacker for Dan River. He ended his junior season with 1,324 yards and 13 touchdowns rushing, and 124 tackles on defense.

"As a matter of fact, all the coaches have opened the door for me," Edmunds said. "They don't want to recruit me for one specific position. They don't want to limit me as if I can only play one position. Every single head coach has said to me that they're open to me playing whatever I want to play."

Edmunds doesn't have a position preference.

"It's always get to be able to pick what you want to," Edmunds said. "Whatever school I go to, I'm just going to go out there and whatever [position] I fit in best, that's what I'm going to choose."

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