Since performing well at the Army Underclassmen Combine in San Antonio, 2014 Raleigh (N.C.) Ravenscroft School tight end Avery Edwards has seen a steady stream of visitors over the past month, many of them from big-time programs.
"Coaches from Georgia, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Nebraska have come by," Edwards said. "All the Carolina schools are interested but there are bigger schools showing interest in me since I did well in San Antonio."
Edwards, who has offers from Duke, North Carolina, Virginia, N.C. State, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest, said he believes South Carolina could be the next school to join his offer list.
"[Tight Ends] Coach [Joe] Robinson came by and said they're coming to get me," Edwards said. "But I'm not sure when they'll offer."
Edwards said there's no doubt he's approaching the recruiting process from an underdog position, especially because he's from such a small school.
"Being from a small school and playing against athletes that might not be exactly top-ranked means I have a lot to prove," Edwards said. "It's important for me to show I'm just like all the other top prospects."
Edwards recently attended North Carolina's Junior Day, where he had the chance to meet with his new recruiter, tight ends coach Walt Bell.
"Coach Bell was there to greet me immediately," Edwards said. "I also got a chance to sit with Coach Fedora, he's a great guy, and he said I'm a spread out type of tight end and he thinks their offense fits me perfectly."
Next up for Edwards is a trip to Duke and then to North Carolina State for its Junior Day on Feb. 16.