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UNC A Top School for 2018 O-Lineman Mike Edwards

Mike Edwards returned to UNC on Saturday for the Tar Heels' home opener.

Mike Edwards's sister graduated from North Carolina. Thus, the big 2018 offensive lineman has made countless visits to UNC. However -- until Saturday -- he had never witnessed a game in Kenan Stadium.

"It was a really, really good experience," Edwards said. "I like the fact that they treat me like family. 

"I liked the buffet first," Edwards laughed. "But, I liked how everyone treated me, especially the coaches."

Edwards, a 6-foot-6, 290-pounder from Hope Mills (N.C.) South View, has collected scholarship offers from Charlotte, Miami (Ohio), UNC, NC State, and Wake Forest. Although he's not prepared to anoint a leader, the Tar Heels made a strong case on Saturday.

"North Carolina is one of the top schools that I was thinking about going to," Edwards said. "I really enjoyed myself [on Saturday]."

Before going through the lunch buffet line, Edwards and his parents met briefly with Larry Fedora.

"He was just happy to see me and glad that I came," Edwards said.

Edwards also had conversations with John Papuchis, his area recruiter, and Chris Kapilovic, UNC's offensive line coach.

"They said the same thing [that Fedora said]," Edwards said. "Only, Coach Kap gave me his number so that we can keep in touch."

Kapilovic didn't discuss exactly where he envisions Edwards playing in college. After starting at left tackle as a sophomore, he moved to left guard this season. 

"Playing guard has been good, because I feel like I can use my speed more pulling," Edwards said.

UNC's 56-28 victory wasn't only Edwards's first game in Kenan Stadium -- it was his first live college game ever.

"It was great," Edwards said. "It's a really good situation to me. I think they have a really good team."

Edwards hopes to return to UNC for its Black Friday match-up against NC State. He plans to also attend games at Clemson, NC State, and Wake Forest this season.

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