Edwards silences rumors, inks with UNC

After all the speculation, some of which was not accurate, Larry Edwards signed with North Carolina.

Like most recruits, Edwards is just glad the whole process is over.

"I'm just looking forward to the opportunities that North Carolina offers," Edwards said. "It is a lot of responsibility – both as a student and an athlete – to be at UNC.

Edwards, a 6-3, 215 pound linebacker, spoke with the UNC staff today and said that they seemed genuinely excited about him and the entire recruiting class.

"I am ready to work hard," he said. "To get to play for someone who knows what it takes to be in the NFL is a great opportunity.

The talented linebacker from the Sunshine state admits he was the target of some negativity after he verbally committed to UNC.

"I have caught some flak for leaving Florida, but I have used that to stay focused on my athletics and my studies. It was a tough decision. I am just ready to work hard and show what kind of an athlete I am."

A four-year starter at Tampa's Wharton High, Edwards was named to the class 5-A all-state team at linebacker. He also rushed for 1,400 yards as a running back and helped his squad reach the state championship game.

Edwards picked UNC over offers from LSU and Florida.

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