UNC still on top of Edwards' list

<i>Inside Carolina</i>'s Andy Britt is in Tampa, Fla. with an update on the status of linebacker Larry Edwards' commitment to UNC.

TAMPA, Fla. – While the current status of Larry Edwards' verbal commitment to North Carolina could not be described as rock solid, his upcoming trip to Gainesville this weekend is by no means a foreshadowing of impending doom.

Both Edwards' and his coach Richard Wood at Wharton HS said on Thursday that the University of Florida coaching staff will have to make an extremely valid case in order to supplant the Tar Heels from the top of his list.

"It would have to be the best trip ever for me to change my mind from Carolina," Edwards said. "I feel confident in my commitment to North Carolina, because I feel that is the best place for me to get the coaching and the best opportunity to play early and be successful as a student athlete.

"It's going to take a whole lot for me to change my mind."

Last weekend, Edwards visited and is considering the University of South Florida as well. However, it would appear that he is simply taking advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime recruiting process, as do most prospects, and not anticipating a last minute change of heart.

"His first love is North Carolina, and that is a big thing," said Wood, who once played linebacker with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "Coach [John] Bunting and Coach [Hal] Hunter really showed that they cared about him."

"I think [his commitment] is firm," he continued. "They would have to really impress him at Florida or USF to get him away from Carolina."

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