Avery Edwards, freshman, tight end, No. 82
Collegiate stats: N/A
High school: Ravenscroft (Raleigh, N.C.)
High school stats (Senior Year): 45 catches, 629 yards, seven touchdowns
Composite recruiting rating: Three stars (.8625), No. 21 tight end, No. 19 player in North Carolina
Who Maryland beat: N/A
High school highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
Well, we know he's fast enough to run down DBs, as his highlight film showed us.
Edwards was one of the top tight end prospects in the 2014 class, committing to North Carolina over offers from Florida State, Virginia Tech and Arkansas, among others. He was charged with felony larceny in June 2014 after allegedly stealing over $50,000 worth of jewelry from an "acquaintance." The charges were later dropped, but Edwards and the Tar Heels parted ways.
After a year training at IMG Academy in Florida, Edwards joined Maryland's team after presumably a thorough vetting from Randy Edsall.
Quotes from the two, from the initial press release:
"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."
Getting a second chance in College Park.
Edwards sees playing time in his first season with the Terrapins, setting up an opportunity to become a major part of the passing game in 2016 and beyond.
If healthy, Andrew Isaacs seems like the clear answer for Maryland at the tight end position. The Terps have other options in P.J. Gallo, Derrick Hayward and Andrew Gray -- but Gallo's an upperclassman, Hayward is a converted linebacker and Gray is a block-first option. Adding Edwards to the mix gives Maryland another young explosive playmaker, and that will particularly come in handy once Dwayne Haskins makes it to campus.
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