September 14, 2010

Edwards takes in game at A&M

The 2010 edition of the Brenham Cubs is stocked with Division I talent in both its senior and junior classes, with the likes of defensive end Brandon Alexander, linebacker Tim Cole, defensive tackle Malcolm Brown, and a host of other prospects. Thus, rather than just inviting a few prospects to watch the A&M-Louisiana Tech game last Saturday night, the Texas A&M coaching staff invited the entire team which basically showed up en masse. Among those in attendance was Derek Edwards, a three star receiver committed to Texas Tech. Edwards has been communicating with members of the A&M staff on Facebook and even arrived earlier than his teammates to take a look at A&M's indoor track facility.
"It was good," said the 6 foot 1 inch, 163- pound Edwards. "I saw a lot of things I liked. I got there early to check out the track facility with my dad. It was top notch. It's probably the best I'm ever going to see in the nation."

After the game, Edwards spent a lot of time with A&M coaches and players in the locker room.

"We got to go to coach (Troy) Walters' office," he said. "I got to hold his Biletnikoff Award. I met all of the coaches that I had been Facebooking with. I talked to coach Williams and coach Sherman, really all of the coaches. I talked to Jeff Fuller and Jerrod Johnson. Jerrod is cousins with Tim Cole. Everyone was really laid back, nothing too serious."

Interestingly enough, when Edwards was asked about what he got out of the visit, he went off on a different track that was somewhat surprising.

"I wanted to go to meet the coaches and chill with my teammates," he said. "I'm really focused on my high school season. I'm not really into the recruiting thing right now."

"The game was good. I'm just concerned where A&M is going to be without Fuller and Jerrod Johnson. I'm going to be a freshman. I'm not going to know where they stand."

Is Edwards worried about A&M's future record?

"Yes sir," he said. "They are all seniors playing now. They have a great impact. A&M's offense is very powerful. With all of the seniors they have, I don't know where are they going be when they graduate. I knew they going be good next year but as far as recruiting I don't know that they will be as stable as they are now. A&M's offense is going to be have big holes to fill. I don't know how quick they can fill them."

Edwards was asked if he might take any other visits during the football season.

"We are sure going to try (to go the Texas Tech-Texas game this weekend)," he said. "My dad and I are going to see how fun it is. It's a great possibility."

"But I really can't tell you that. I want to go see Oklahoma State play. I want to go see Arkansas play but probably not soon. If I go, it will probably be Tech, Arkansas, and Oklahoma State. I might come back down and see A&M and Tech play."

Does he want to take official visits?

"Other than Tech, there's A&M, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, TCU, and Arizona," he said. "That's really about it. I plan on taking official visits after the season is over. The schools I go to might make me feel better about committing to Tech. You never know."

Did the visit to A&M make him feel more favorably about the Aggies than he felt before?

"A little," he said. "I haven't been up to Tech lately I guess."

Edwards stated that he remained committed to Texas Tech. He discussed why he chose the Red Raiders during the summer over offers from schools such as A&M, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, and several others.

"I went in knowing that every school is going to have top notch facilities," he said, "but they told me that I was their number one recruit for that position (receiver). They throw the ball a ton. I think coach Tuberville is going to make a great impact. They never had a defense to do everything like they have now. I kind want to go to an up and coming school. You get a new coach and you can make an impact in a changing program. I think Tech can do that for me."

"I talk to Tech coaches all of the time too. I tell them how I'm doing and all that stuff. I talk to coach Brown and coach Mainord all of the time."

Edwards broke his thumb in the second quarter of a 24-7 victory over Houston Lamar last Friday night. He will not practice this week and hopes to be back for Brenham's first district after a bye this weekend.

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