Signee Update: Avery Edwards

The family of North Carolina signee Avery Edwards plans to make changes to its usual Saturday wardrobe this fall.

"My dad said he has to throw out some of the red in his closet," Edwards said. "My grandparents said they won't throw theirs out, but they might buy one or two T-shirts to blend in a little more – maybe white, because they don't know if they can do Carolina Blue."

Edwards's father's family members are NC State fans and his entire family has been Wolfpack season ticket holders for years. However, with Edwards playing tight end for UNC this fall, his family is making plans to purchase seats in Kenan Stadium.

Although Edwards, who played prep ball at Raleigh (N.C.) Ravenscroft, will be just a true freshman this season, UNC's offense has a void at tight end. Last year's starter, Eric Ebron, left prematurely for the NFL and was selected by the Detroit Lions last Thursday.

"All the coaches have repeated how there's a lot of competition across the board at all the positions at UNC," Edwards said. "That's what I love and I think that's what every player loves. That competition will make everybody better. I'm definitely going to go in there and compete and try to win the starting job."

In preparation for his goal, Edwards says that he has been paying special attention to what he eats while strictly following the workout regimen that UNC's strength and conditioning staff sent him after Signing Day.

"The first workout kicked my butt, so it's definitely been a learning curve with that," Edwards said.

As a result, Edwards has bulked up to 235 pounds on his 6-foot-5 frame.

"My mom says I look better and she knows me best," Edwards said with a laugh.

In addition to his eating habits and UNC's workouts, Edwards took up track for the first time this spring.

"I think I caught on pretty fast," Edwards said. "I'm not really worried about times – I'm just trying to get faster for football."

In conference and state meets, Edwards could end up competing in the 200- and 400-meter dashes, 4x100 and 4x200 relays, and/or shot put. His personal fastest 100-meter dash is 11.3 seconds, while his best 200 time is 23.2.

When he committed to UNC last June, Edwards had established a strong relationship with Walt Bell, who was slated to be his position coach until Bell departed for Arkansas State in late December. About a month later, Seth Littrell filled the vacancy. Since Littrell's hiring, Edwards has expedited a relationship with his future position coach.

"I think it has improved," Edwards said. "… I'm looking forward to him being my tight ends coach and my mentor for four years."

At UNC's first "Blue Dawn" session, earlier this year Edwards attended prior to starting his school day. In addition to receiving a taste of "Blue Dawn," Edwards had his first in-person introduction to Littrell.

"That was good," Edwards said. "He was fired up and that's what you like to see."

Subsequently, Edwards returned to UNC for the spring game and a separate time to hang out with former Ravenscroft teammates Connor Gonet and Conor Fry. During both trips, Edwards made sure to drop in on Littrell to chat.

Edwards hopes to continue to wear No. 9, his high school jersey number, into his UNC career. Ron West, Edwards's area recruiter, said last week that he's working out the logistics of making that happen. The holdup: determining if Edwards will share a special teams unit with Travis Hughes, who sports No. 9.

Edwards, who already projects as a qualifier, plans to major in business at UNC. He'll enroll in the second summer semester and Jared Cohen, Tyler Powell, and Caleb Samuel have already been assigned as his roommates.

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