North Carolina Tar Heels incoming tight end prospect Avery Edwards was arrested Thursday and charged with felony larceny, according to a report by Tar Heel Illustrated.
Per the report, Edwards was “charged with the theft of five watches and one pair of diamond stud earrings, valued at approximately $53,000.”
The theft allegedly occurred on May 23, but authorities were only able to secure a warrant this past week.
According to the Associated Press, Carolina head coach Larry Fedora has been in contact with the family of Edwards, but has made no decision on his status on the football team.
In a statement Friday, Fedora called Edwards “a good kid who made a terrible mistake.”
The university admissions office is aware of the charges, and officials are reportedly working with the family to figure “the proper protocol moving forward” for Edwards’ future with the school.
Edwards, a 3-star tight end according to Rivals.com, was a highly sought after recruit at UNC, who was looked at to make a big impact in his freshman year, but he will now have to battle his way through a maze of legal issues to even remain at the school.
The 18-year-old Edwards had seven touchdown catches last season as a senior at Ravenscroft High School, a private school in Raleigh, N.C. He chose the Tar Heels over offers from Duke, NC State, Arkansas, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Duke and Louisville, among others.