UNC Moves Up for Edwards

Ben Edwards returned to North Carolina this past weekend for his first official visit.

“The visit was good,” Edwards said. “I had a good time. I got to talk to the coaches a lot. I got to see their need for safety when we watched the game. Overall, it was good.”

The game Edwards is referring to was UNC’s 34-17 loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday. The 5-foot-11, 192-pound safety from Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian dismissed any assumptions that Saturday’s outcome would affect his feelings towards UNC.

“When I get here and the people that they’re bringing in, they can help win,” Edwards said. “So I’m not worried about right now. The coaches have a lot of pieces and they have a lot of young players that they’re developing. I think it’s going to be good in time.”

Proof of that: Edwards says UNC improved its chances with this past weekend’s official visit.

“North Carolina went up a little bit, but I’m still going to Stanford because I haven’t seen it yet,” Edwards said.

Edwards is scheduled to officially visit Stanford during the weekend of Oct. 25. The Cardinal hosts Oregon State that Saturday.

When asked if Stanford remained his leader, Edwards said, “I don’t really know right now.”

Edwards also has official trips scheduled with Miami (Nov. 15) and UCLA (Nov. 22). He plans to still take those visits, also.

Throughout Edwards’s UNC official visit he was usually accompanied by assistant coach Dan Disch, who serves as Edwards’s primary recruiter.

“I watched a little bit of the film with him,” Edwards said. “He told me the areas where they’re weak, what they’ll need me to do when I get here, the depth chart, and we just talked a lot about non-football stuff.”

During Saturday afternoon’s game and after dinner were really the only times Edwards wasn’t with Disch. On Saturday night, Edwards hung out with player host M.J. Stewart, a fellow defensive back.

“He’s cool,” Edwards said. “We had fun. We just walked around Franklin Street and talked to his people. He introduced me to some of his friends.”

Edwards’s stay concluded with a meeting with Larry Fedora.

“He just talked about how much he wanted me to be a part of the family,” Edwards said.

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