Edsall Announces Staff/Player Updates
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Head coach Randy Edsall has announced the addition of freshman tight end Avery Edwards to the football team for the 2015 season. The program has hired Bryce Bevill as Director of Player Development and Cory Robinson as Director of Player Personnel. Additionally, sophomore Shane Cockerille will move from quarterback to fullback and junior Cavon Walker will move from linebacker to defensive end.
A North Carolina native, Edwards will be enrolled as a freshman and will be eligible to play immediately. He is interested in pursuing a degree in business.
"I have had great discussions with Avery since we first made contact and throughout his visit to campus," Edsall said. "I am confident he has learned from past experiences and will be a great teammate as he makes a seamless transition to the University of Maryland. Avery has a relentless work ethic and strong desire to succeed both on and off the field."
"I want to thank the University of Maryland and Coach Edsall for allowing me to be a part of this program and great university," Edwards said. "I have grown immensely over the past year and I am eager to join my new teammates on the field and represent Maryland this fall."
Listed as the 22nd-ranked tight end nationally in the class of 2014, Edwards caught 45 passes for 629 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior at Ravenscroft School in North Carolina. Edwards was also invited to participate in the United States Football Classic in Arlington, Texas, a high school all-star game against a team from Canada.
Bevill was previously the University of Maryland Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Campus Director for the past two years, in addition to serving as the character coach for the Terrapin football program. A 1995 graduate from Syracuse, Bevill was the CFL Rookie of the Year for the Saskatchewan RoughRiders as a defensive back.
In addition to being the co-founder of Next Level Nation, which serves as a leadership and support platform for aspiring athletes, Robinson spent the past year serving as an assistant coach at Saint Frances Academy High School and as a defensive backs developer at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
"We're excited to add both Bryce and Cory to our coaching staff," Edsall said. "Both men have strong and diverse backgrounds in athletics and will serve our student-athletes and program very well. We welcome them to the Maryland football family."