August 2, 2012
Interest increasing for Edwards
Raleigh (NC) Ravenscroft tight end Avery Edwards is hearing the most from Clemson and Wake Forest, while Catawba, Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia and UNC-Charlotte are also showing interest.
"I have no standouts," Edwards said. "I welcome anybody. I'm just looking to play football in college and hopefully onto the next level after that."
Edwards is looking for a school with a winning environment, a coaching staff he connects well with and academics that will prepare him for life after football.
"I was an NC State fan for a long, long time," Edwards said. "I went to their football and basketball games. We had season tickets, but I've kind of strayed away from them. I went to their recruiting camp last year, but it wasn't anything special."
The 6-foot-5 and 225-pound junior attended Wake's seven-on-seven competition with his school Friday, July 13, and followed that with visits to Tennessee and Vanderbilt the following week.
"We came to last year's seven-on-seven camp [at Wake Forest], and then I went the next to their recruiting camp; their one-day camp, so this will be my third time and then I came to a game during the football season last year," Edwards said.
"I love their practice facilities [and] their games. When I went their fans were great, and I just enjoyed the atmosphere and being around Wake Forest."
Derrick Jackson is recruiting the 2014 prospect for the Demon Deacons.
"He's just a great guy," Edwards said. "I enjoy being with him [and] talking to him. He makes me feel like I'm at home; not too far away."
As a sophomore Edwards caught 47 passes for 800 yards and 12 touchdowns, and recorded 50 tackles, three interceptions and five fumble recoveries.
He said college coaches like his size, surprising speed and route-running ability.
"I think first of all he has some God-given size and athletic ability you can combine with the ability to run," Ravenscroft head coach Ned Gonet. "He's got a passion to play the game and he's got a good set of hands, so offensively as he's learned the game the last couple of years how to get off the line of scrimmage with people coming up and fronting him and being able to find the seams and learn the offense he's just made some good plays as a sophomore to start making strides in that direction. He's continuing to progress, and he's also learn to block on the perimeter."
Gonet added Edwards will likely play safety or somewhere on the outside.
"He's got the innate ability to kind of read and play the field," Edwards said. "He can turn his hips, flip them and go. He's got that speed. He can probably run a legitimate 4.6 when he's in pretty good shape."
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