Heels Likely to Make Edenfield's Cut

While North Carolina's big weekend in mid-July lived up to the hype, there was one noticeable absentee – Thomas Edenfield.

"Unfortunately, I haven't [been able to visit UNC]," said Edenfield. "It's been crazy here lately. [Making a visit] is not out of the picture yet, but it isn't looking too bright because we just started practicing. I'm going to talk to my dad, but it's not a top priority right now with practice started."

Edenfield, a 6-foot-5 280-pound offensive tackle from Jacksonville (Fla.) Bartram Trail, also skipped out on planned unofficial visits to Georgia, South Carolina and Clemson. Without the visits, Edenfield has postponed his announcement of a five final schools, which was originally slated for after the conclusion of the four unofficial trips.

"I'm pushing that off for a little bit," said Edenfield. "Probably, by the end of the week for sure I'll have a top five.

"[Schools that will make the cut] for sure, Florida State, probably North Carolina, Auburn – that's probably my top three and for-sure schools there."

Despite the lack of a campus visit, the Tar Heels find themselves among the top three based purely off of Edenfield's intrigue with the program -- starting with the academic reputation and finishing off with an already strong relationship with the coaching staff.

"First of all they've got good academics," said Edenfield. "Zach Handerson is up there, he came by my practice today, and told me some good stuff about them. I like Coach [John] Bunting; I like Coach [Danny] Pearman; and I talk to the o-line coach and I like him."

With or without the aforementioned unofficial visits, Edenfield plans to take some – if not all – of his five allotted official visits this fall. He revealed, though, that a verbal commitment could come whenever.

"I don't know – it might be tomorrow," laughed Edenfield. "It's whenever I feel comfortable. It could come any time."

Currently, Edenfield denies having a leader and even squashed rumors that Florida State, who recently offered, has an edge.

"They're in the top, but I wouldn't say they are number one," said Edenfield. "They're not the leader, they're a leader."

Before his junior season, Edenfield transferred from Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln to Bartram Trail where he and Handerson helped formed one of the better offensive lines in Florida.

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