Maryland LB Sets UNC Official

With North Carolina's 2007 season having come to an end and the Contact Period now fully underway, the Tar Heel coaching staff has begun its push towards Signing Day 2008. Among the first stops this week was Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly to evaluate Eteyen Edet.

"North Carolina just came to my high school [Monday]," Edet said. "We set up my official visit for the first weekend of January."

Approximately two months ago, UNC became the first school to recruit Edet. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound linebacker had flown under the radar mostly because he had played for three different high schools in as many years.

"Coming [to Friendly prior to the season], nobody really knew about me," Edet said. "I know I'm a big-time ball player – I'm really big-time. I think I belong in the top five linebackers in the nation.

"But, I never went to camps and played for three schools, so it's my fault that I'm not up there. Coming into the season, I had a lot to prove."

Following UNC's lead, Boston College, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan State, NC State, and Tennessee have begun to pursue Edet.

"Right now, NC State is coming to see me [Tuesday], Syracuse is coming to see me Wednesday," Edet said.

Tommy Thigpen, UNC's linebacker coach, has been handling Edet's recruitment for the Tar Heels. In addition to Thigpen's allotted call, Edet calls Thigpen two to three times a week.

"He's just seeing how I'm doing, how my grades are doing," Edet said. "We don't just talk about football, but how I'm doing and about my family and stuff."

Thigpen has also discussed UNC's recruiting situation at linebacker.

"They're bringing in about four linebackers – two inside, two outside," Edet said.

Edet figures to be an inside linebacker, as he has played middle his entire prep career.

"I play with high intensity and a lot of emotion," Edet said. "I'm real ball savvy. I flow to the ball. I run sideline-to-sideline. I'm a great blitzer.

"I read offenses really well. I know what's happening right as soon as the ball is snapped. I read my guards. I understand the game really well."

Edet spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Staten Island (N.Y.) Wagner High School. Prior to his junior season, Edet transferred to Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy. Various issues forced Edet to leave FUMA and move in with his aunt, which provided Friendly with an elite linebacker.

Edet ended up being a great addition this season to Friendly, which already featured Ohio State pledge Lamaar Thomas and Maryland pledge Josh Haden. Edet finished the season with 100-plus tackles including five sacks, two interceptions, and four forced fumbles. On the field, Friendly went 9-1, but was forced to forfeit six games due to an ineligible player and thus missed the playoffs.

A rough start to his high school career has put Edet in a not so ideal academic situation.

"I did horrible during my freshman and sophomore years in New York City," Edet said. "But, I had a great last quarter [and] at Fork Union my grades were really good."

This Saturday Edet will take the SAT for the first time. With a solid score, he said he will easily qualify under the NCAA Clearinghouse's sliding scale.

Edet has yet to visit any school – officially or unofficially. Thus, he's reluctant to declare a leader. However, UNC is in a very good position.

"If I had a top three, [UNC is] definitely in the top three," Edet said. "I'm very much open. I have interest in a lot of schools. There's not one right now that stands out."

In addition to UNC, Edet said he plans to schedule official visits with NC State and Syracuse.

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