Coach says Edwards will go JUCO route

TEACHEY, N.C. -- Wallace-Rose Hill cornerback Melvin Edwards, once a 2005 UNC prospect, will likely enroll at Hinds Junior College in Mississippi after his senior year, his coach told <I>Inside Carolina</I> from his school last Friday.

Edwards, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, is an excellent athlete, with 4.4-speed. As a junior at tailback, he rushed for 1,200 yards and added 350 more receiving for 20 touchdowns. He tallied seven interceptions on defense.

"Melvin did everything for us last year," said veteran Bulldogs coach Jack Holley. "We run the Wing-T, and he played all three positions in the backfield.

But unless Edwards can register an astronomical score on the SAT, his grades will probably not allow him to attend even his top choice -- N.C. State -- right away.

"Unless he can score a 1400, or something like that," Holley said.

Edwards said his goal is to transfer after two seasons at Hinds and play for the Wolfpack. A precedent has been set for such a pathway, former East Duplin standout Greg Peterson is set to graduate from Hinds in December and then will transfer to N.C. State, Holley said. Northern Nash's Chad Green, also at Hinds, has committed to the Wolfpack.

"N.C. State sends a lot of its boys down there," Holley said.

According to Holley, UNC coach John Bunting has been to Wallace-Rose Hill to check out Edwards, but an offer was never extended.

"They just told me to come up and talk to them," Edwards said.

"He was just making himself seen," Holley added on the Tar Heel head man.

The Bulldogs are coming off of an 12-1 season, and return three backs who each rushed for over 1,000 yards last season.

Edwards teammate, wingback J.T. Carr, is starting to gain interest from area schools, after being timed at 4.4 seconds at a combine at Greene Central two weeks ago.

A track standout as well, Carr won the 100m at the sectionals with a time of 10.23 seconds.

"He's getting mail from schools I didn't even send in a questionnaire to," Holley said.

Clemson coaches have visited the school recently inquiring about Carr.

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