Ohio State Pledge Visits UNC

Ohio State verbal commitment Ben Edwards attended North Carolina's Spring Game on Saturday solely to support his Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy teammate Andre Smith – or did he?

"I was there to scope things out," the 5-foot-11, 192-pound safety said. "It was really to watch the spring game and get a chance to talk to the coaches, because I'm only a soft commit right now."

Edwards' investigation on Saturday yielded positive reviews.

"I know I can go up there and help the defense out a lot," Edwards said. "Coach [Dan Disch] said I can come in and play early. I like how they use their safeties, so I think I can go in there and help. I'm not ready to de-commit or anything. But it was a good visit."

Although visiting was for Edwards' personal purposes, he did spend the majority of the visit with Smith along with Ronnie Harrison and William Sweet. Smith and Harrison have been verbally committed to UNC for at least six months, while Sweet joined the family by pledging early Saturday morning.

"They were definitely recruiting me," Edwards said. "They were saying what we could be like at Carolina and how we can build something. We're all close so they were basically telling me what the future would be like."

When he wasn't coaching the Tar Heels in the spring game, Disch was usually giving his Florida guests, specifically Edwards, the red carpet treatment.

"He told me he needs safeties and I could make a big impact on the team," Edwards said. "And he's still going to recruit me."

Edwards also sat down with Larry Fedora in his office. Essentially, Fedora repeated Disch's message.

UNC is the first school that Edwards has visited since committing to Ohio State in mid-February. He'll continue with his travels this weekend when he visits Auburn. Edwards says that the Buckeye coaching staff isn't happy that one of its commitments is visiting other schools.

In addition to Auburn, UNC, and Ohio State, Edwards is focused on Notre Dame, Stanford, and UCLA.

"Those are the schools I think I can make a big difference at," Edwards said. "And there are different things with each team that I like."

Prior to committing to Ohio State, Auburn appeared to be the school to beat for Edwards. Now, Edwards says the Tigers are the biggest threat to steal him away from Ohio State. He added that UNC is "right behind" Auburn.

Edwards doesn't anticipate finalizing his collegiate plans until after he takes all five of his official visits. He says that Auburn, UNC, and Ohio State will be among his official destinations.

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