Edwards Changes Colors

North Carolina verbal commitment Avery Edwards will be in Raleigh this Saturday for the annual in-state rivalry game between the Tar Heels and Wolfpack.

"You can spot me in the light blue," Edwards said. "I'm going as a fan. My grandparents have season tickets so I snagged a couple off them."

Edwards, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound tight end from Raleigh (N.C.) Ravenscroft, understands the dangers of sitting among the NC State faithful decked out in Carolina Blue.

"Hopefully I'll have enough of my family around that they'll protect me," Edwards said with a laugh.

Since he was a young kid, Edwards has been attending NC State games with his family. Every one of those trips, though, Edwards was rooting for the Wolfpack. That changes Saturday.

"It definitely will be different," Edwards said. "I'm sure I'll get a little crap from my family, so that should be good. But I'm 100-percent with Carolina no matter how this season ends up."

As a recruit, Edwards has attended three of UNC's four home games to date – East Carolina, Miami, and Boston College.

"Fan-wise, East Carolina and Miami game were definitely filled," Edwards said. "And noise-wise those [two] were louder. Those were bigger games.

"I think the fans definitely came out for the BC game. It just wasn't as loud as the other two games. And the game also wasn't as close or as exciting as the high-scoring East Carolina game or the top ten game with Miami coming to town on a Thursday night."

Ironically, UNC won the Boston College game handedly, 34-10, but dropped the games against ECU and Miami.

"Both East Carolina and Miami are good teams and the fans are really important in games like that," Edwards said. "I think the fans have been very supportive and made those games good and close."

In Edwards's opinion, fan support extends to recruiting.

"For us to keep on recruiting these top talents we'll need to keep up the atmosphere," Edwards said. "That's what every recruit wants to play for – they want to play for a bunch of crazy kids. I think it's definitely improving."

Edwards was most excited for the Miami game, which was played on national television on a Thursday night.

"That was a great game," Edwards said. "I just loved the atmosphere. I loved everything they did with the run out. I hope they keep that – the flames were super crazy. I loved how the whole stadium was blacked out. That really shows that the community is supporting the team. The team definitely looked better by competing with a top ten team in the nation. It shows that we haven't completely connected all the dots yet."

Edwards has spoken to the UNC coaches – namely Walt Bell and Ron West – since the Miami loss.

"They just said ‘Thank you for coming. We apologize for the game, but we did everything we could,'" Edwards said. "I let them know there was nothing to apologize about because they played their ass off. Plus, when I left after the third quarter – because I had school and a game the next day – they were winning."

During the Boston College game, UNC's offense introduced a wrinkle into its game plan that could eventually affect Edwards. Tight end Eric Ebron lined up in the backfield in the diamond formation and took a handoff.

"I love how they use their tight ends all over the field," Edwards said. "Definitely with the type of athleticism that Eric has you line him up anywhere he's a mismatch with his size and strength. That just goes to show you that the UNC coaches are always trying to stay one step ahead of the defense."

After spending this Saturday in Raleigh, Edwards says he'll definitely return to Chapel Hill for the regular season finale against Duke and likely will make the Virginia game. However, a scheduling conflict will force him to skip the Old Dominion matchup.


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